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Published September 28, 2011, 07:46 PM

Fargo man faces charges after 11 hour standoff

Argusville, ND (WDAY TV) - An 11 hour armed standoff in rural Cass County has come to an end, safely. A young Fargo man now faces serious charges.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

An 11 hour armed standoff in rural Cass County has come to an end, safely. A young Fargo man now faces serious charges. 21 year old Dylan Pederson is at a hospital, being treated for dehydration. It doesn't appear he has other wounds.

Authorities were about to begin round two of their all day search in scorching, record temperatures. At 8:15, SWAT and Border Patrol were to come back to the crime scene. Then, they would use infrared technology to look for Pederson. But before that, the suspect was arrested.

At about 7 tonight, 21 year old Dylan Pederson was escorted out of this cornfield, the same field the Fargo man went into hours earlier.

Captain Rick Majerus – Cass County Sheriff’s Departmetnt: ”It ended the way we thought it would.”

A plane spotted the suspect in the northwest side of the field, just north of Argusville. Immediately, officers flocked there.

Sheriff Paul Laney – Cass County Sheriff: “One of the troopers said I think I just saw movement, he popped out and back in and sure enough.”

Authorities say the armed suspect, hiding in the 115 acre field, did not threaten them. Only verbal exchanges were made. The suspect then was hauled away in handcuffs, 11 hours after this massive manhunt began around 7:40 this morning.

Sheriff Paul Laney: “We just had to flush him out and wear him down.”

The suspect is accused of leading authorities on a high speed chase along Highway 81 after an argument and possible shooting with this Fargo woman, Kayley Tinkler. She got out of the car. He fled, with officers in pursuit, over railroad tracks and across both lanes of traffic on a busy I-29 and through a fence. The car totaled, the suspect fled.

Captain Rick Majerus: “It's pretty hard to cover that big of field even if you're scared and running.”

Within two minutes, dozens of authorities on the local, county, state, and federal levels arrived. Patrol then expanded the initial perimeter. They scoured the scene with a canine and by ground and air, to no avail until tonight.

Captain Rick Majerus: “Obviously from being in there all day under the heat, it wasn't real good for him.”

Pederson faces terrorizing and eluding charges. More charges are possible.