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Grand Forks standoff suspect makes court appearance

Police discuss during a standoff with an armed man at the Budget Inn Motel, in Grand Forks, N.D. on June 15, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

A 43-year-old man fired a handgun five times through the ceiling and a door of a motel room Wednesday before surrendering peacefully after an hours-long standoff with Grand Forks Police, according to court documents.

Chance Christian Jacobson, who police said had been staying at the Budget Inn Express for couple of months, appeared Thursday in Grand Forks District court on two felony charges, terrorizing and reckless endangerment.

Judge John Thelan ordered a $25,000 cash or surety bond Thursday, meaning Jacobson could either pay the full amount or go through a bondsman, and he must promise to appear at all future appearances, participate in a 24/7 sobriety program and not possess firearms or dangerous weapons.

Chance Jacobson

Grand Forks Police were dispatched at 7:54 a.m. to Room 170 at the motel at 3400 Gateway Drive for a report of a suicidal man with a gun. Jacobson told an officer he had a .45 caliber gun in the room with him, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

In addition to telling police he was going to harm himself, Jacobson also said "he would shoot law enforcement if they came to his door," the affidavit states.

Between 8:56 a.m. and noon, Jacobson fired the gun five times, with four shots going through the ceiling and one through the outside door, according to the affidavit, and guests in rooms by Jacobson were evacuated for their safety. There was no one else in the room with Jacobson.

At 12:44 p.m., Jacobson left the room with the handgun and surrendered to police. He was checked by Altru before he was booked at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

The Grand Forks Regional Special Operations group responded with its SWAT, crisis negotiations and bomb teams. Grand Forks County and Polk County sheriff's offices and UND, East Grand Forks and Crookston police were also on scene.

Court records list Jacobson's previous address as Arvilla, N.D.

Becky Jacobs

Becky Jacobs is the crime and courts reporter for the Herald.

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