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Published June 17, 2011, 05:05 PM

Man Arrested After Report of Shots Fired Near Bemidji

A man was arrested Thursday night after a standoff with Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and the Headwaters SWAT team in a home near Bemidji. Jason Earl Patch, 32, was arrested after a report of gunshots and screaming coming from a home.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

A man was arrested Thursday night after a standoff with Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and the Headwaters SWAT team in a home near Bemidji.

The Sheriff's Office says Jason Earl Patch, 32, was arrested without incident after a report of gunfire and screaming coming from the house on Canopy Lane SW in Bemidji Township about three miles from Bemidji at about 8:30 p.m.

Deputies who responded to the report found a marijuana growing operation outside the house and evidence of several gunshots having been fired from inside the house.

Deputies surrounded the house and tried to make contact with the potential occupants of the home, but were unsuccessful. They remained at the scene and set up a perimeter. A search warrant was issued for the home and the Headwaters SWAT team was called to enter and secure the home.

When the SWAT team arrived at the scene, they began hailing the residence with loudspeakers and, after threatening to deploy tear gas, Patch voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement without incident.

Officers recovered a pistol, ammunition, drugs and drug manufacture and distribution paraphernalia.

Patch remains in custody at the Beltrami County Jail pending review of his charges.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was assisted by members of the Bemidji Police Department, Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, Blackduck Police, Leech Lake Tribal Police, the Paul Bunyan Task Force, Minnesota State Patrol and U.S. Border Patrol.

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