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Man found dead after standoff in western North Dakota

Bystanders talk with police during a standoff Sunday in Williston. Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Police say they found a dead man inside a building Sunday where a shot was fired after police executed a welfare check that turned into an hours-long standoff.

The Williams County SWAT team entered a building in the 2000 block of 50th Street West at 9:58 p.m. on June 24, according to Williston Police Detective Dustin Celander. Officers then found the deceased man.

Police have not released a cause of death or the identity of the man. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now handling the case, Celander said.

The SWAT team and negotiators arrived on the scene around 8 p.m., a little more than three hours after the standoff started.

Police arrived on the scene at 4:44 p.m. and when they tried to make contact with the person they were checking on, that person fired a shot, Celander said.

As of Sunday night, police had not yet released the reason for the welfare check.