GRAND FORKS — Two men have been taken into custody after a five-hours-long standoff with police at a home in north Grand Forks.
The suspect came out of the house at approximately 8:55 p.m. He was the second person to come out of the house; another person came out of the home approximately an hour earlier. Police were not immediately sure if a third person remained in the home, but at 9:10 p.m. confirmed that there were only two in the home and that the structure is now clear. The home is located in the 2200 block of 12th Avenue North in Grand Forks.
It started with a police chase, on foot, late in the afternoon in north Grand Forks. Soon thereafter, a shelter-in-place warning was issued for residents as police searched for the suspect. Police said the suspect may have been involved in a kidnapping.
Eventually, police zeroed in on the home on 12th Avenue North, and various law-enforcement agencies responded, including the Grand Forks Regional SWAT team. During the standoff, police used three non-lethal flash-bang devices in an attempt to persuade the suspect to come out of the home.
The suspect has multiple active warrants for his arrest, although Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said he is unsure of the nature of those warrants. Zimmel told the Herald just before 4 p.m. that police were working to verify information about the suspect. Zimmel didn't believe there was an immediate threat to the public at large.
"That individual is out and about and has already fled officers," he said. "We'd just as soon that people don't come into contact with him before we can."
Zimmel said the circumstances that led to the suspect fleeing police are still under an investigation. He said a report might have been made involving the man Tuesday morning about an incident that took place days ago, but police are still investigating the credibility of that report.
"I don't want to get too deep into speculation," he said.