Fargo police “de-escalate” tense, suicidal, armed situation after consulting with mans family – KFGO News

FARGO, N.D. (KFGO) – Fargo police spent several hours Thursday night trying to reach a suicidal man barricaded inside an apartment and armed with a gun before they decided to leave the scene.

 Officers responded to the call at the Cheyenne Estates apartments at 1033 43rd 1/2 Street South, shortly after 7 p.m. when the man made threats to harm himself with a gun. Residents had already been evacuated and officers set up a perimeter.

“After consulting with the family, we believe the best way to deescalate the situation is for law enforcement to leave the scene,” Fargo Police Department Spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said. “We pray the male finds peace throughout the night, and get the help he needs.”

Police spokesperson Jessica Schindeldecker said the man had made no threats to hurt anyone else and refused to respond to calls by police. After consulting with the mans family, police determined the best way to “de-escalate” the situation was to exit the location. Schindeldecker said the goal was to get the help the man needs.

An officer on the scene tells us, the suspect is armed with a gun. They add police have been trying to make contact with him since around 7 Thursday night. Police tell us, they dont believe there is any threat to the public. The identity of the man inside is unknown.

UPDATE- Fargo police officers left the apartment building late Thursday night after not being able to contact the man inside.

Officers on the scene have been patient – and so have the residents who were evacuated. They are sitting in their cars in the parking lots and streets around the apartment building.

Police spokesperson Jessica Schindeldecker sent out an update to media outlets shortly after 11 p.m. on the situation.

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) Update (11:07 p.m.): Fargo police say theyre leaving the scene after unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the armed suicidal man.

In the update, Schindeldecker said officers consulted the man's family and decided the best way to deescalate the situation would be for law enforcement to leave the apartment.

(Original) Police have set up a perimeter in a South Fargo neighborhood as they respond to someone who is suicidal and armed – and barricaded inside an apartment.

The people who had been asked to evacuate their apartment were allowed to return to their homes when police left.

The incident is taking place in the 1000 block of 43 1/2 Street South. Thats the Cheyenne Estates Apartments, near Petco.

FARGO — Reports of a suicidal man, armed inside a South Fargo apartment prompted a large police presence Thursday, April 18. The Fargo Police Department completely left the scene at 11:05 p.m, and allowed tenants to go back inside after a four-hour-long standoff.

A sergeant with the department said they were not able to reach the suicidal man, but they were able to reach the family. The sergeant said they agreed to let the family handle the situation.

Police clad in SWAT-like equipment responded to a 7:06 p.m. call about a man threatening suicide at the Cheyenne Estates apartments, 1033 43 1/2 St. S. He didn't answer repeated phone calls from the police.

The man was believed to be alone and is not a threat to the public at this time, Fargo police spokesperson Jessica Schindeldecker said.

The building was evacuated before police arrived. Officers could later be seen telling drivers pulling into the parking lot to turn around.

A WDAY reporter on scene saw officers wearing black helmets and armed with long guns on the premises of the apartments. One officer was equipped with a riot shield.

Police clad in SWAT-like equipment responded to a south Fargo apartment building after it was reported that an armed, suicidal man barricaded himself inside one of its units, Thursday night, April 18.

The man, who is armed with a gun, is believed to be alone and is not a threat to the public at this time, Fargo police spokesperson Jessica Schindeldecker said. Police first responded to a 7:06 p.m. call about a man threatening suicide at the Cheyenne Estates apartments, 1033 43 1/2 St. S. He didn't answer repeated phone calls from the police.

The building was evacuated before police arrived. Officers could later be seen telling drivers pulling into the parking lot to turn around.

A WDAY reporter on scene saw officers wearing black helmets and armed with long guns on the premises of the apartments. One officer was equipped with a riot shield.


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