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Man surrenders after standoff with police in Grand Forks neighborhood

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Emergency personnel responded to a Grand Forks residence Wednesday night after a man called 911 telling dispatchers he was armed and planned to kill himself.

Police cars, ambulance, fire trucks and SWAT vehicles gathered near Domino’s Pizza on South Washington Street as officers negotiated with the man to surrender.

The man, who lives in the 1100 block of 26th Avenue South, gave up and was taken to Altru Hospital to receive medical attention, said Lt. Mike Ferguson with Grand Forks Police Department.

The call came in about 7:10 p.m., and at first, the man told 911 dispatchers he was armed and going to kill himself, but then said he was going to kill himself if he saw a cop, Ferguson said.

It took about an hour of negotiation, but the man was eventually cooperative and was taken for medical attention without incident, Ferguson said.

No charges were filed Wednesday night.

Officers evacuated as many nearby residents as they could contact, Ferguson said, despite the man only threatening to take his own life and not others.

Ferguson would not elaborate on how many firearms or what types of weapons the man had.

A family member arrived at the scene while officers negotiated with the man, Ferguson said. Ferguson didn’t know if the man lived alone.

The Grand Forks regional SWAT and crisis negotiations teams, Grand Forks County Sherriff’s Office, Altru Ambulance and Grand Forks Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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