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Reader's view: Too many officers responded to standoff

I was shocked to see the suspect from Duluth's latest standoff in the News Tribune ("Suspected killer surrenders after daylong standoff," Aug. 27). Why on earth did it take 40 police officers to take the guy into custody? From what I heard on the...

I was shocked to see the suspect from Duluth's latest standoff in the News Tribune ("Suspected killer surrenders after daylong standoff," Aug. 27). Why on earth did it take 40 police officers to take the guy into custody? From what I heard on the scanner, he only had one gun, he was alone in the apartment, and there was no way he could run away.

So I wonder how much money was wasted to apprehend someone police officers already knew was the suspect in a killing. Why not just bide their time and wait for him to walk outside or make contact with one of his family members, like his mother? Why not have her get the gun away from him and then have officers arrest him?

I really think the police handling of this matter was out of line. If 40 officers were needed to catch one guy with one gun who was overweight, how many officers would be needed to catch three?

James Kelley

Duluth

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