SWAT team uses tear gas to end standoff in northern Minnesota

Eight people were reportedly arrested, with two still at large.
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Several people were arrested and two are reportedly at large after a standoff in northern Minnesota on Thursday morning that was ended by a SWAT team.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says it was called to a home in the 100 block of Mission Road SE in Ten Lake Township, southeast of Bemidji near Cass Lake, after a call from a "distraught female" at around 3:40 a.m.

The Bemidji Pioneer reports the woman said she had been held captive in the house but managed to escape, with the sheriff's office saying that the people inside the home were armed.

Officers became aware the people in the house were barricading themselves in and when attempts to negotiate with them proved unsuccessful, the Headwaters SWAT team was sent to the scene.

A couple of people were talked out of the home but some remained. Just after 7 a.m., the SWAT team deployed tear gas into the house and was able to enter and make arrests.

According to the Pioneer, eight people were arrested during the raid, but two – who are believed to be juveniles and thought to be the ones who held the woman at gunpoint – managed to escape and are considered to be at large.

No shots were fired and nobody was hurt during the incident.

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