Officials: 6-hour standoff with 'distraught' man ends peacefully


A six-hour standoff with a "distraught and extremely intoxicated" man ended peacefully Tuesday night.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Archery Road Northwest in Grant Valley Township at 4:03 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a domestic disturbance that included shots being fired inside the home, a news release says.

According to the sheriff's office:

Two family members were inside the home at the time, but were guided out safely by officials. They told police the 56-year-old homeowner was "distraught and extremely intoxicated," and when he picked up the 9MM pistol a struggle began and he started shooting.

The only other person inside was the homeowner, who had access to the pistol and other weapons.

As police set up a perimeter around the house, they could hear "bullets passing overhead," noting shots continued as the incident unfolded.

Officers communicated with the homeowner and attempted to negotiate with him for a "lengthy period of time," but negotiations broke down as he become "more incoherent."

Eventually, officials were able to get inside the house without the man noticing and took him into custody without incident.

The suspect was transported to Beltrami County Jail, pending charges. The county attorney's office is reviewing the case.

During the six-hour standoff, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office closed Archery Road Northwest and asked people to avoid the area. The agency also issued a "shelter in place" alert, officials said.

The "all-clear" was given around 10:15 p.m., the sheriff's office posted on Facebook.

"We are very thankful for an outcome that resulted in no injuries in a very dangerous situation. We would also like to thank the community, again, for their cooperation, words of praise and keeping our safety in your thoughts during this incident," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

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