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Standoff with rural Pequot Lakes man ends peacefully

A standoff with a rural Pequot Lakes man Thursday evening, March 14, ended peacefully after the man exited his vehicle where he was barricaded with a rifle and surrendered, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release.

Members of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team responded at 5:42 p.m. to the incident on the 5400 block of County Road 145 in Pequot Lakes.

During the two-hour standoff, officers evacuated a neighboring home.

A Pequot Lakes police officer was attempting to conduct a criminal investigation on behalf of the Baxter Police Department involving the 28-year-old rural Pequot Lakes man as a suspect when he barricaded himself inside of his vehicle.

The Pequot Lakes officer attempted to negotiate with the man before seeing a rifle in the vehicle. The officer immediately backed away and a perimeter was set up.

Crisis negotiators established phone contact with the man, who remained inside of his vehicle during the standoff. The man eventually agreed to exit his vehicle and surrender. Members of the tactical response team took him into custody without further incident at approximately 7:54 p.m.

The man was transported to Essentia Health in Brainerd for an evaluation.

Assisting at the scene during the standoff were the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Nisswa and Crosslake police departments, the Department of Natural Resources, Pequot Lakes Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance.

The Baxter Police Department will have pending charges against the man.