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SWAT officer fatally shoots man in Bemidji-area standoff

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SWAT officers killed a gunman who had barricaded himself in a house northwest of Bemidji, the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

The man, a 34-year-old father of five, was distraught, had a rifle and was “making threats about killing himself or law enforcement,” late Wednesday afternoon, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators said. Officers helped two females escape to safety, the BCA said in a release about the incident.

A SWAT officer shot the man about three hours into a standoff in which the man threatened to shoot officers and leveled his gun at them, the Pioneer reports. The man was initially injured, came out of the residence and was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“He’s been battling a lot of demons for a lot of years,” Mhegan Deppa, who said he was the gunman's brother, told the newspaper Thursday.

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