I don't have details from friends, but it sounds like everyone made it out OK that needed to.
Standoff update: Man shot by West Dakota SWAT members charged with two felonies
By JENNY MICHAEL, Bismarck Tribune | Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:30 am http://www.bismarcktribune.com/news...e_626532d6-18e9-11e0-81be-001cc4c002e0.html#1
A man shot by police following a standoff at a south Bismarck mobile home has been charged with two felonies.
Police identified the man shot early Wednesday morning as Glenn Lovgren, 43. Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said Lovgren was out of surgery Wednesday morning and had serious injuries from the shooting. According to patient information at Medcenter One, Lovgren is in the intensive care unit.
Lovgren was charged Wednesday with Class C felony charges of terrorizing and felon in possession of a firearm.
Lovgren, who was believed to be intoxicated, called 911 at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday and said he was holding people at gunpoint and wanted police to come. At 7:59 p.m., the first of three patrol officers from the Bismarck Police Department arrived at the home in the mobile home park at 1119 University Drive #312.
Lovgren came outside carrying what appeared to be a rifle and confronted officers before retreating to the house. The officers began negotiating with him.
The West Dakota SWAT team was activated at 8:43 p.m. The team arrived and set up a
perimeter. Buschena said people typically are evacuated from the area during such circumstances, but people who live in the vicinity said they were not evacuated Tuesday night.
Negotiations continued for approximately four hours. Police said one person inside the home was allowed to leave during the negotiations, but authorities did not know how many people remained inside. Buschena said there were other people in the home at some point, though their role in the incident remained under investigation. He did not know whether other people in the home had been held hostage.
According to police, the man would not come to the door, but had told those he was in contact with during negotiations that he wanted to shoot officers. He later indicated he did not want to harm anyone inside the mobile home.
At approximately 12:15 a.m., the man abruptly ended a phone call with police negotiators, came out of the home and pointed a firearm at officers. Law enforcement shot him. He was given first aid and taken to Medcenter One by Metro Ambulance. An earlier release from the police department said the man was shot at approximately 1 a.m., but Buschena said that was incorrect. He did not know how many times Lovgren was shot and said that will be part of the investigation.
Buschena two Bismarck police officers have been placed on administrative leave due to the shooting, which is standard procedure after such incidents.
According to court documents, Lovgren has multiple convictions for felony offenses, including theft of a motor vehicle, theft of property and escape. Documents say Lovgren made a court appearance on a bench warrant in the escape case on Monday. Burleigh County Detention Center records show he was arrested on Saturday for failing to comply with sentencing on the escape charge. He was released by court order on Monday.
Tom Carlson lives in a mobile home northeast of #312. He was awakened a little after 8 p.m. after police arrived on scene. He called the police department and was advised to get out of the area if possible due to a standoff occurring. He and his wife took their dogs to his wife’s parents, then returned and stood on the outside of the perimeter until they could return home. They heard the shots and were told police shot the man at the home.
Julia Roehrich, who lives across the street from the mobile home where the standoff occurred, said she was sound asleep when her dog woke her at about 10 p.m.
“My dog just literally threw a fit,” she said. She went out to the door and found a police officer standing on her porch.
“They about scared me to death,” she said about the noise and finding officers all over her neighborhood.
The officer told her everything was all right. But Roehrich said she didn’t sleep the rest of the night out of fear.
“They had a great big light that flashed to the trailer all night long,” she said. Roehrich was never asked to leave her home, so she stayed inside.
Andrew Sletten, who lives near the entrance of the mobile home park, said he and his wife returned home at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to find police, SWAT members and television crews in the park. The road from the main entrance leading toward #312, which is at the far end of the block from the entrance, was blocked off, he said.
He said no one stopped their car as they drove in the lot, and they were never evacuated from their home. They checked news websites and learned of the standoff. His wife heard the shots, but Sletten was already asleep.
Roehrich has never noticed any problems at the mobile home. She and Carlson said the man who lives in the mobile home is in a wheelchair, and Carlson did not believe Lovgren lived at the home. However, a news release from the police department listed Lovgren’s address as 1119 University Drive #312.
Roehrich said she always has been sure to lock her door, but after the ruckus Tuesday and Wednesday, she plans to start locking her screen door, too. Sletten said he’s seen quite a few police cars in the mobile home park during his three years living there but has never seen anything as extreme as this. He and his wife are planning on moving out of the area.
The incident was not the first standoff for a south Bismarck mobile home park. In 2003, Brandon Keller and Mike Sherman had a 14-hour standoff with police who came to arrest the men on warrants at a nearby mobile home park. Keller of West Fargo was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and reckless endangerment for his role in the August 2003 gun battle. Sherman, 27, of Fargo, was killed, and Bismarck Police Sgt. Steve Lundin was wounded in the shootout.
(Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org@bismarcktribune.com.)
Posted in Crime-and-courts on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:30 am Updated: 2:57 pm.
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