WILLMAR – A Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy with advanced crisis negotiations training is credited with helping persuade a 26-year-old man who had barricaded himself to surrender peacefully and not harm himself in an incident on Saturday evening in Willmar.
The incident unfolded around 8 p.m. when Willmar police officers responded to a request to check on the welfare of an individual as well as a possible violation of a no-contact order at an apartment on the 1100 block of Second Street Southeast.
The caller said that a woman living in an apartment told her that she had recently been threatened by a male and they were concerned for her safety.
Police arrived and ensured the safety of the woman in the apartment. Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt reported that they found the male in the bathroom and determined that there was an active no-contact order between the individuals. When police attempted to take him into custody, he brandished a knife, held it to his throat and threatened to kill himself and to force the police to shoot him.
Additional officers were called to the scene and a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy with crisis training was able to persuade the individual to surrender. The male, later identified as Tyler Jon Sanford, 26, of Willmar, was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for evaluation. After being cleared at the hospital, Sanford was arrested for an alleged domestic-abuse, no-contact order violation and possession of a dangerous weapon.
No officers, bystanders or the suspect were injured.
The Willmar Ambulance Service also responded to the incident.