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Duluth police detain man after 6-hour standoff

Tactical response and crisis negotiations teams were employed to take the man into custody after a report of shots fired in the area.

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Law enforcement advance on a building on the 700 block of East First Street in Duluth during a standoff Sunday. Officers responded to a shots fired call at the location and spent more than six hours attempting to apprehend a man after evacuating the block.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Police apprehended a 36-year-old Duluth man just after midnight Monday following a six-hour standoff in a building on First Street east of downtown Duluth.

The Duluth Police Department was dispatched to the 700 block of East First Street at about 5:54 p.m. Sunday to the report of shots fired in the area.

After asking the public to stay out of the area, law enforcement then evacuated residents in the surrounding block.

Tactical response and crisis negotiations teams, including the Superior Police Department's BearCat tactical vehicle, arrived on the scene and began attempts to communicate with the man. An officer could be heard over a loudspeaker telling the man many times they were under arrest and ordering them to come out of the building. A message purported to be from the man's mother was also played at least twice.

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Law enforcement use a long pole device mounted on a Superior Police Department tactical vehicle to break a window in a building on the 700 block of East First Street in Duluth on Sunday night.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune

A long pole device attached to the BearCat vehicle was used to break windows in the building. Several loud bangs were heard numerous times during the evening, but their origin could not be confirmed.

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In an update tweeted by the Duluth Police Department at 10:30 p.m., officers had breached the building and used less-than-lethal tactics to pursue the man. According to public information officer Mattie Hjelseth, the man was detained without incident at about 12:15 a.m. Monday. Residents who had been evacuated were allowed to return.

The department would not confirm how the man was brought into custody or the specific tactics used, citing an ongoing investigation, and indicated more information would be released later Monday.

This article was most recently updated at 12:50 a.m. May 9 with information from the scene. It was originally posted at 8:52 p.m. May 8.

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Law enforcement are seen near the scene of a standoff on East First Street in Duluth on Sunday night. After responding to a shots fired call, officers spent more than six hours trying to apprehend a man from a building.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune

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