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Published March 07, 2011, 05:28 AM

Man Arrested for Pointing Shotgun at Fargo Police

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo Officers investigating a call for a noise complaint early this morning, found themselves instead, staring down the barrel of a shotgun. Police responded to the Terrace East Apartments around 2 am. After repeated attempts at contacting people inside the apartment with the loud music, a man finally answered the door, holding a shotgun.

Police responded to the Terrace East Apartments around 2 am. After repeated attempts at contacting people inside the apartment with the loud music, a man finally answered the door, holding a shotgun. The man was 29-year-old Joshua Langstaff.

Police say he was first just holding the long barreled gun, but then aimed it at officers, who retreated to take cover. Langstaff locked himself inside the apartment, along with another person who was there when police arrived.

Eventually he let the other person go, and after about an hour, he came out unarmed. Fargo Police say they luckily avoided what could have been a very dangerous situation.

CAPTAIN PAT CLAUS - Fargo Police Department: “When anyone introduces a firearm or any type of a weapon in a situation with law enforcement officers, they do so at the peril that the officer will respond with a lethal force."

The other person in the apartment was taken to detox. Langstaff was arrested on a charge of terrorizing and a previously issued city warrant for a noise complaint. People in nearby apartments were alerted of the standoff as it was happening, and some chose to evacuate to a safer location.

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