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Forum staff reports, Published March 12 2009

Standoff with suicidal man ends peacefully

FARGO - A standoff with a suicidal man in a north Fargo neighborhood ended peacefully when the man voluntarily surrendered about 3:40 p.m. today, police said.

Authorities received a call about 12:45 p.m. that a man at 802½ 16th Ave. N. was suicidal and armed, and that police would be met with resistance if they came to the residence, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.

The Red River Valley SWAT Team responded to the scene. Authorities negotiated with the man by phone until he surrendered. He had a firearm but didn't use it, Lykken said.

The man was not arrested but was taken to get a mental evaluation, he said.

North Dakota State University police sent out a text-message alert warning of a dangerous situation in the area of 16th Avenue North and Eighth Street North. The message advised staying away from the area until further notice.

At nearby Ben Franklin Elementary School, students who live in the neighborhood were held at the building after class ended as usual at 3:25 p.m., unless their parents came to pick them up, said Betsy Beaton, assistant to Fargo Public Schools spokesman Lowell Wolff.

Holy Spirit Elementary released students from a different entrance as the school's parking lot was being used as a police staging area.


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