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Armed man fires off shot during struggle with police, is later arrested

The man's family called police, saying the 55-year-old was acting oddly.
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A man was taken into custody after firing off a shot during a struggle with deputies in Wadena County on Saturday.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office says the incident was reported at 6:45 p.m. by members of the 55-year-old's family, who said he was "acting odd" and that they were concerned about him.

When deputies arrived, the man from rural Verndale became "agitated ... and referenced a firearm while making threatening gestures towards deputies."

Deputies attempted to negotiate with the man for an hour, during which the suspect "had shown a handgun."

As negotiations broke down, deputies used a Taser to try and get him under control, and a struggle ensued, during which the suspect was "able to regain control of the handgun."

He fired a single shot which "narrowly missed all deputies and was lodged between two religious books under a nearby piece of furniture."

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The man was taken into custody and checked over for injuries. Nobody was seriously hurt in the incident and no deputies used their guns.

The suspect is now awaiting formal charges and is being held at Wadena County Jail.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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