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Gilby man charged with terrorizing in Grand Forks standoff

GRAND FORKS -- A Gilby man faces a felony terrorizing charge after police say he caused an armed standoff Friday in a house near downtown Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS -- A Gilby man faces a felony terrorizing charge after police say he caused an armed standoff Friday in a house near downtown Grand Forks.

Police and SWAT team members surrounded 1113 Fifth Ave. N. about 4:30 p.m. Friday after a welfare check turned into a standoff with a suspect police identified as Zackery Thomas Crandall, 28. Crandall peacefully surrendered a few hours later, and he was formally charged Tuesday in Grand Forks District Court with terrorizing, a Class C felony.

On Friday afternoon, Crandall's mother and girlfriend went to the Fifth Avenue house--which is owned by the girlfriend but Crandall was allowed to stay there--to retrieve several items, according to court records. Crandall confronted his mother and girlfriend, and as the women walked away from the house, Crandall stated he was going to shoot them, according to court documents. The women then contacted law enforcement. When police arrived at the house, Crandall opened the door with a handgun held to his head, stating, "I don't want to hurt anyone but myself. Just go away," according to court records.

Crandall surrendered about 7:45 p.m. and was taken into custody for evaluation, police said.

His next court appearance is at 9 a.m. March 21. The Correctional Center confirmed he had been released on bail Tuesday.

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