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An officer with a rifle stands guard during a stand-off in a Fergus Falls neighborhood.

Fergus Falls, Minn. (WDAY TV) -- A woman and child are safe tonight after a dramatic scene in Fergus Falls that still leaves many questions unanswered.

Police are investigating what appeared to be a hostage situation this afternoon, but it's unclear if that was the case.

Fergus Falls actually had routine S.W.A.T. training going on this afternoon.

But their training quickly took a backseat after a woman called 9-1-1, saying she and her child were in a dangerous situation.

Officer: "Put your hands on your head. Come outside."

Onlookers say they were shocked to see what was happening in this Fergus Falls neighborhood.

Gisela Tervola/Neighbor: "Kind of scary for Fergus Falls."

The streets were blocked off in all directions for four hours while police investigated a potential hostage situation.

A woman inside this home on East Summit Avenue called 9-1-1 just before noon.

She said that a person inside the home had harmed her child - and was still inside.

Kile Bergren/Chief of Public Safety: "She also indicated that at least one person in the residence had a gun."

Officers and a S.W.A.T. team surrounded the house.

Tervola: "The police with the rifles and everything, they wouldn't let us any closer."

Police stayed on the phone with the woman, who said she didn't feel safe leaving the house.

About an hour and a half later, they got her and the child out.

Officers continued using a loudspeaker to communicate with anyone left in the house.

Officer: "You will not be hurt. We know you're inside."

But after getting a search warrant, the police entered the house, and found no one else inside.

Bergren: "We aren't sure if a criminal act happened or if we're dealing with a mental health issue."

Police are still investigating the incident.

The woman and child went to Lake Region Hospital for evaluation.

Becky Parker

Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at

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