Police: Man arrested in West Fargo standoff was wanted on a warrant


West Fargo Police say the man they arrested Friday evening, after a standoff that lasted hours, was wanted on a warrant.

Officials identify the man as Jan-Michel Wangstad, 37. They say he has no permanent address.

The incident started around 1 p.m. when a witness called police and reported a man with a handgun in the Rodeway Inn on Main Avenue West, officials say.

Police tell WDAY multiple officers arrived and went to Wangstad's door. Then the suspect fired "at least round" in the direction of the officers who stood in the doorway, the news release says.

Police say the officers were not injured and they did not shoot back.

Guests staying in the motel were evacuated and taken to Veterans Memorial Arena at West Fargo High School, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Three people – a man and two women – are said to have fled the room Wangstad was in, leaving him alone. Police have not identified those people.

According to law enforcement, Wangstad fired more shots, hitting a water pipe and shutting down water service to some residents living in the area.

During the standoff, traffic was shut down on Main Avenue from the Fair Grounds to 45th Street. And police asked people to stay out of the area.

With the help of the Cass County Sheriff's Department, Red River Valley SWAT Team and other departments, officials were able to reach out to the suspect via phone to negotiate. Police say he surrendered around 6 p.m., was taken into custody and will be held at Cass County Jail.

He'll be charged with felony possession of a firearm and two counts of attempted murder, police say. According to officials, he was wanted on a warrant for fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and will be charged with that as well.

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