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Published October 31, 2010, 09:32 AM

Suspect's wife talks about what may have led her husband to start standoff

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - A Kindred man is in custody after barricading himself in a garage and warning authorities he had rifles. The suspect surrendered to sheriff's deputies around 2:30 this morning, nearly 12 hours after the armed standoff started.

39-year-old Robert Bodin faces charges of domestic assault, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest. The incident happened at 181 Elm Street around three Saturday afternoon. Authorities responded to a domestic violence report.

The suspect shares the home with his wife and father-in-law. Those two and his mother-in-law escaped. After negotiations failed, the SWAT team used tear gas to get Bodin to surrender.

“Obviously if we would have gone another hour or so, we would have had to call SWAT teams from other areas such as Grand Forks or Jamestown to come in and relieve our people that have been on sight, on perimeter for quite some time.”

Bodin was taken to a hospital, checked, and released to authorities. It's not known if the officer hit during the arrest was hurt.

The woman at the center of the case is speaking out for the first time. Robert Bodin's wife is recounting disturbing details and giving insight into what may have led her husband to start the standoff.

"Every time I spoke with him, he said that this is the day he had to die."

After a domestic assault with her husband, Robert Bodin, Jerrie called police and ran to her friend’s house. Because of injuries to her face, Jerrie declined to appear on camera, but is speaking with us.

Jerrie Bodin: "It’s really easy to be judgmental and say oh, its just another battered woman sticking up for her man."

Jerrie says her husband suffered severe brain trauma after a snowmobile crash in 1998. Since then she says, he has been in and out of the hospital multiple times. His condition, she says, causes him seizures of the brain and he doesn't remember many things.

Jerrie Bodin: "He worries that people look at him badly because they don't understand his illness, and I've always been there, and I will always be there."

Jerrie says she does not condone what Robert did to her, or that he kept police outside their door for nearly 12-hours, but she says it's a mental health issue that goes much deeper than what happened overnight.

Jerrie Bodin: "And I think before people jump on the bandwagon and talk about how horrible this person is, how horrible that person is. You know maybe they need to step back and realize what's really going on."

We spoke with neighbors who say there have never been issues at the home before. They call the couple good members of the community.