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Name released in incident where ND man wanted on sex charges commits suicide

BISMARCK -- The man who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hours-long standoff was Steven Vance, 32, of Bismarck, police said Friday.

Vance was sought Thursday for a search warrant related to federal child sexual exploitation, according to a statement from Homeland Security Investigations.

According to HSI, Vance barricaded himself in a bathroom when agents from HSI and the Mandan Police entered the lower-level apartment. Officers learned through a roommate that Vance was potentially armed and suicidal, Bismarck Police said.

At that point, law enforcement officers backed up, evacuated adjacent apartments and asked local law enforcement for assistance, according to HSI.

Vance was charged in May with two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of luring minors by computer in Mandan. He was scheduled to go to trial on those charges on Aug. 9.

A complaint accuses Vance of inappropriately touching two minor girls. He told police he did nothing inappropriate, according to a supporting affidavit.

The search warrant involved further allegations that arose while investigating the GSI case. He said the cases will be closed.

Local police, West Dakota SWAT team and crisis negotiators were on scene from about 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, when they unsuccessfully tried to make contact with Vance. They then entered the lower-level apartment to find he was dead in the bathroom of a gunshot wound to the chest.

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