UPDATE: Police standoff with gunman at Fargo motel ends peacefully


A hours-long standoff involving a SWAT team and a gunman at a West Fargo motel ended peacefully Friday evening, with the suspect turning himself in to police.

Traffic was blocked off and other guests at the Rodeway Inn were evacuated after police said the man fired shots at officers. The suspect's room was barricaded and negotiators lasted several hours before the man's surrender, Valley News Live reports.

Police todl KFGO a witness who called authorities reported seeing a man in the motel holding a handgun.

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Around 1:30 p.m., several officers arrived and went to the man's door, the station reports. The gunman then fired multiple shots at them.

Officials told the Grand Forks Herald that officers were not hit and did not shoot back. But a water pipe was damaged and some residents in the area lost water service, the Forum notes.

Valley News Lives reports the suspect also threatened police, saying he would not go down without taking the cops down with him.

Sources say the Red River Valley SWAT Team arrived on the scene and police evacuated the building.

WDAY says the Red Cross was helping motel guests with temporary lodging Friday night. The sudden evacuation meant most had to leave their belongings at the Rodeway. The Inn's manager told the station he was not sure when it would reopen and said damage would need to be assessed.

During the standoff, traffic was shut down on Main Avenue from the Fair Grounds to 45th Street and neighbors within a quarter mile of the motel were notified.


Police told WDAY they know who the man is, but are not releasing his identity yet. According to the station, he's from outside the area.

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