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UPDATE: Shots-fired, barricaded subject prompts SWAT team engagement

Police barricade residential area in Dickinson N.D. Photo by Nathanial A. Barrera / The Dickinson Press

At 12:15 p.m., Dickinson Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of Abraham Parkway in reference to 9-1-1 report of multiple gunshots. The address in question is located on the east side of Dickinson in an area consisting of a number of town-homes. The 9-1-1 caller was a resident of the area and believed rounds from the suspected gunshots passed through the common wall of her town-home.

Upon arrival in the area DPD Officers were quickly able to confirm gunshots had indeed been fired. Officers quickly evacuated the other unrelated townhouses and residences in the immediate area. An outer perimeter was established and a reverse 9-1-1 page was activated directing remaining residents in the area to shelter in place.

The gunshots were believed to have originated from the residence of Nicholas Barnes, a resident of the area. The South West Tactical Team (SWTT) was activated and responded, quickly establishing an inner perimeter. An arrest and search warrant were obtained while crisis negotiators attempted to contact the suspect through multiple means to include public address audio system.

A request for additional asset support in the form of an armored Bobcat was made of West Dakota SWAT in Bismarck. While awaiting the arrival of the ROOK, the suspect unexpectedly opened his garage door and came out from under the still opening garage door armed with two handguns. Although armed during this unorthodox exit from his residence, it was believed that Barnes was surrendering to authorities. A very disciplined and strategically placed immediate action team of SWTT operators supported by a Bearcat Armored vehicle were able to subdue the suspect immediately when he emerged from beneath the garage door.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., Barnes was taken into custody and transported to the Southwest Multi County Correctional Center where was lodged on charges of C-Felony Reckless Endangerment. Barnes was believed to be suffering from a psychiatric episode causing his extremely irrational behavior. No one was injured during this extremely volatile incident.

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James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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