Standoff results in the arrest of several individuals. Further investigation is pending.
March 20, 2017
On March 16, 2017 at approximately 3:40 AM, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Officer 911 Dispatch Center received information from a distraught female caller stating that she needed help. As attempts were made to gather information the call was disconnected. As attempts were made to get the female caller back on the phone, Beltrami County Deputies and Leech lake Tribal Police Officers were dispatched to the scene, which was located in the 100 block of Mission Road SE in Ten Lakes Township, located approximately 14 miles southeast of Bemidji, MN.
Upon arrival, Officers made contact with the very distraught female caller, who indicated the persons in the residence may have been armed with firearms.
Further information was gathered at the scene, which included learning that the subjects in the residence were actively barricading themselves in the residence. Attempts to negotiate with the individuals in the home were initially unsuccessful, prompting a response from the Headwaters SWAT Team being dispatched to the scene.
Negotiations continued which resulted in limited success as some of the individuals exited the home. Shortly before 7:00 AM tear gas was successfully deployed into the residence, resulting in the arrest of multiple individuals.
Personnel from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, and Minnesota State Patrol responded to this incident. This incident remains under investigation by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and Leech Lake Tribal Police Department.
Respectfully submitted by:
Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel