NEW TOWN, N.D. — Law enforcement used a front-end loader to break into New Town home and end a standoff with an armed man this morning.
New Town Police Chief Art Walgren said used the piece of heavy equipment shorlty before 10 a.m. to “dismantle the house” to the end the standoff that lasted more than 24 hours.
“The house is only about half of what it was,” Walgren said.
No shots were fired while taking the suspect into custody.
FBI spokesman Kyle Loven identified the man taken into custody as Michael Jason Smith, 32.
Smith faces narcotics charges in Colorado and will likely face additional charges in North Dakota, Loven said.
“Through the use of nonlethal tactics, we were able to effect the surrender of Mr. Smith,” Loven said.
Walgren said Smith was being transported to the Mountrail County jail.
Walgren said law enforcement was still processing the house at 402 9th St. N. in
New Town and streets around the crime scene would likely remain closed until late this afternoon.
Ten to 15 houses were evacuated in the neighborhood after the man barricaded himself inside.
Nearby New Town schools also went into lockdown because of the standoff.
“He refused to give up after numerous attempts to use tear gas,” Walgren said.
Even after the front-end loader was deployed, tear gas was needed to apprehend the suspect.
SWAT teams from Minot and Bismarck worked together to end the standoff.
Walgren said it was unclear if Smith had any connection to the home before the standoff that started after 1 a.m.Wednesday.