Grand Forks resident in custody following overnight standoffA Grand Forks resident is in custody after an overnight standoff. An armed, allegedly suicidal woman held police at bay for several hours Monday morning in the 300 block of First Avenue South.
By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ
A Grand Forks resident is in custody after an overnight standoff. An armed, allegedly suicidal woman held police at bay for several hours Monday morning in the 300 block of First Avenue South.
Grand Forks Police responded around 8:30 Sunday night to a call for a medical assist involving a man reportedly suffering a heart attack. He was found "in distress," suffering from an apparent heart attack, reportedly from a confrontation over a firearm with a female relative. A handgun was fired during the confrontation. Since the suicidal person reportedly had left the scene by that time, police began a search and later located her back at her residence. She refused to speak with officers or leave the residence. The Grand Forks SWAT and Crisis Negotiations Teams had to deploy a low-level gas into residence. During the six hour standoff, police evacuated neighbors and secured others in their homes.
Lt. Mike Ferguson, Grand Forks Police Department: "We give them brief information as far as go to an area farthest from the problem, go to a basement, don't come out and don't have activity within their structure unless they hear from us."
The woman was taken into custody at 5:00 Monday morning. The investigation, including what happened to the bullet from the fired handgun and whether criminal charges are warranted, is ongoing.