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Forum News Service, Published April 20 2013

Williston standoff suspect identified

WILLISTON, N.D. – A man accused of shooting at officers during a standoff here Thursday was identified Friday as 59-year-old Ernest Schroeder.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Schroeder on suspicion of reckless endangerment, according to a news release Friday from Williston police Sgt. Detective David Peterson. Schroeder is being held in the Williams County Jail.

Williams County property tax records show that Schroeder owns the home at 407 W. Broadway, where police responded to a 911 call at 2:34 p.m. Thursday after a woman in the home reported hearing a gunshot in the basement.

When officers arrived at the scene, a gunshot was heard from inside the residence, Peterson said.

The suspect then shot a rifle out the front door of the home in the direction of officers and officers returned fire, wounding Schroeder, Peterson said.

Schroeder eventually surrendered and was transported for medical treatment. No other injuries were reported.