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Officers safely apprehend armed suspect in Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS - Police officers and sheriff's deputies from several law enforcement agencies were able to safely apprehend an armed man Monday evening in Granite Falls during the execution of a search warrant.

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GRANITE FALLS – Police officers and sheriff’s deputies from several law enforcement agencies were able to safely apprehend an armed man Monday evening in Granite Falls during the execution of a search warrant.

According to a news release from the Granite Falls Police Department, the suspect, a 32-year-old male, first pointed a handgun at officers before turning it on himself. Following nearly an hour of negotiations between the suspect and law enforcement, the suspect dropped the weapon and was taken into custody.

The Granite Falls Police Department, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office and the Upper Sioux Community Police Department had executed a search warrant around 7:26 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 700 block of Seventh Street in Granite Falls to find and arrest a known felon in possession of a handgun, the news release said.

When officers entered the residence, they found the man sleeping on the living room couch. When he rose from the couch, he briefly pointed a handgun at officers and then turned it on himself. Law enforcement asked him to drop the weapon and go with them safely and calmly, the release said.

He is currently being held in the Yellow Medicine County Jail on five outstanding warrants, and local charges from the incident on Monday are pending, the release said.

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The Granite Falls Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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