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Forum staff reports, Published January 01 2013

Armed standoff ends peacefully in Valley City

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A standoff Tuesday between authorities and a man reported to be armed and suicidal ended peacefully when the man exited the residence and was taken into custody.

Valley City police responded at 2 a.m. to the area of Valley Avenue and Eighth Avenue on the city’s southeast side for a report of an armed suicidal individual, according to the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office.

After multiple attempts to contact the man were unsuccessful, the James Valley Special Operations SWAT team was activated but also was unable to contact the man. He exited the house at 7:40 a.m. and was taken into custody without incident. Charges against the man are pending.