A quiet neighborhood is disrupted by a multiple hour standoffGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It was a wild day for a quiet Grand Forks neighborhood, as police were involved in a 3 hour standoff.
By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It was a wild day for a quiet Grand Forks neighborhood, as police were involved in a 3 hour standoff.
The scene became more tense when a small fire broke out in the home, where the gunman was holed up.
Police got the call around 10:30 this morning...
Joe Johnson/bystander: "I came outside and seen all the commotion started. Heard the sirens. An ambulance truck came down the street here. And I seen a fire truck and off of 17th Avenue there were plenty of cop cars."
A woman told police the suspect broke into her home on South 17th Street.
Michael Ferguson/Grand Forks Police: "He had sent her some information that he was armed. That he would harm himself and anybody else that responded to the home."
On scene officers say, the man was still inside and smoke started coming from the house.
Ferguson: "There was a fire."
A tense scene filled with negotiators, swat team, fire department, ambulance and border patrol. As officers warned of danger to anywhere nearby.
Ferguson: "He was armed with at least a firearm."
Ben Johnson/bystander: "There's a lot of people around. Cops, guns, it's not what you see in a daycare yard usually."
Dustin Thompson/bystander: "I just saw a few SWAT guys walking around over there."
Several streets and two churches near the home were blocked off for several hours while authorities tried various tactics to get the suspect to surrender.
Ferguson: "Unfortunately the neighborhood had to be disrupted, the church services had to be disrupted."
Both Hope Church and Bethel Lutheran were evacuated.
Police eventually used a flash-bang to move in on the suspect.
some bystanders initially thought the noise gun shots or a bomb
Ferguson: "Our negotiators are trained for situations like this and they were a big part of the peaceful ending."
The suspect was arrested and no injuries were reported. And police did just release the suspects name, he's 25 year old Steven Bonderud of Grand Forks. He's at the Grand Forks Correction Center charged with burglary, arson and felony criminal mischief.