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Standoff in Osakis ends in arrest

Multiple agencies responded to the incident, which took place at a motel.

Standoff in Osakis
Six agencies responded to a standoff that happened at the Sportsman's Motel, 301 East Nokomis Street, in Osakis on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.
Photo contributed by Bill Butcher
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OSAKIS — What started as a noise complaint turned into a barricaded stand-off in Osakis that ended in an arrest Monday afternoon, Dec. 19.

The incident began at about 2 p.m. when the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a complaint it had responded to before — an adult male damaging a room while staying at the Sportsman's Motel, 301 East Nokomis Street, according to the sheriff's office.

The Osakis Police Department and Douglas County deputies responded and began speaking with the suspect. He then barricaded himself in
the motel room and refused to exit, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies continued speaking with the man until negotiators arrived on scene.

The suspect refused to exit the room and no longer cooperated with negotiators, according to authorities. Law enforcement forcibly entered the room and determined he was locked in the bathroom.

After he again refused to cooperate with negotiators, law enforcement forced open the bathroom door. The suspect was arrested without incident and taken to the Douglas County Jail where he remains pending criminal charges, according to authorities.

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The Todd County Sheriff’s Office, Alexandria Police Department, North Ambulance and Osakis Fire Department assisted on scene.

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