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Suspect at large after armed standoff with police in Thief River Falls


Police are searching for a man who made a 911 call to report a domestic disturbance, which led to a standoff with officers Thursday morning in Thief River Falls.

According to a Pennington County Sheriff press release, the caller reported a dispute between him and his wife around 10:30 a.m.

But police received a call from a passer-by around the same time, who reported that they could see a pick-up "ramming a car" outside the farm property, with a woman and two children locked in the car.

Police found the man's wife and children unharmed in the car, but the farm residence was empty.

They then received a call from the man who agreed to meet a deputy in the farm house. But when the deputy went to meet him, the man was hiding in some nearby woods, and yelled at the deputy telling him he was armed.

When the man refused to put down his weapon or leave the woods, police retreated to a safer position and call in back-up, establishing a perimeter around the property.

Efforts to re-establish contact with the man failed, and after a standoff of several hours, police re-entered the property and outbuilding in the early evening to find it empty, the Thief River Times reports.

Ten different agencies responded to the incident, Valley News Live reports, and officers are continuing to try and locate him.

Although the man has been identified by local media, police told BringMeTheNews they aren't officially revealing his name.

Sheriff Ray Kuzina had told Valley News Live he doesn't believe the man is a threat to public safety, saying: "Who he was mad at was his significant other, his wife. And I don’t believe he’s going to pose any threat to the public. We still have deputies in the area and it will remain that way today. We’re hoping to get him apprehended."

The man's wife and children have since been moved to a safe location.

Those with information are asked to call the Pennington County Law Enforcement Center in Thief River Falls at 218-681-6161.

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