SWAT arrests man ripping windows from home in Willmar

The 33-year-old suspect was out-of-control on Friday night.
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A team of SWAT officers was called to assist with an out-of-control man in Willmar on Friday. 

According to Willmar Police Department, officers were called to a home on the 700 block of 7th St. SW around 7:45 p.m. on a report of a man "ripping windows off a home and destroying property." 

Upon arrival, the 33-year-old suspect inside the home repeatedly stabbed at a window with a large knife and shattered it, telling officers that "someone would die." 

He then barricaded the doors and windows, prompting police to call the Willmar SWAT team for assistance. Attempts to contact the suspect via his cellphone, land line and with a megaphone were unsuccessful, and the suspect continued waiving his knife in an aggressive manner towards police. 

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Neighbors in the area were evacuated as a precaution, and the standoff eventually ended when officers used a combination of chemical sprays and Tasers to subdue the man. 

The suspect was transported to Rice Hospital in Willmar for an evaluation and booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail with pending charges of 2nd-degree assault, terroristic threats, obstructing the legal process and 5th-degree drug possession.   

The scene was cleared and neighbors were allowed to return home around 11:45 p.m. Friday. 

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