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Man with sawed-off shotgun prompts lockdown at Minnesota schools

The scary situation happened a block from two schools.
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A man with a revolver and a sawed-off shotgun prompted a lockdown at two middle schools in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Tuesday afternoon. 

Students from Detroit Lakes Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary were just getting out of school when the police encountered a man with weapons a block away, so the schools were ordered to rush students back inside and into lockdown mode, the Detroit Lakes Police Department says

It happened around 3:15 p.m. when employees from a Food-N-Fuel gas station a block from the schools reported a man who had been in his car in the parking lot for three hours. 

Police approached the vehicle and saw that the man had a silver revolver on him, prompting the officers to back off and wait for more enforcement to arrive. 

According to DL-Online, it took police 8 minutes to get the man to come out of the car, and when he did get out he wasn't compliant. No shots were fired and the man was eventually arrested. 

Inside his vehicle was another weapon: an illegal sawed-off shotgun. 

The man's been identified as James Poitra, 37, of Detroit Lakes. He's being held in the Becker County Jail and faces multiple charges: 

  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a sawed-off shotgun
  • Possession of dangerous weapon in school zone
  • Obstructing legal process with force
  • Miscellaneous drug charges

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