Others were affected by the Monday morning standoff by having to evacuate their apartmentsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Several families who had their apartments surrounded this morning during the standoff are now home, after evacuating their building.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Several families who had their apartments surrounded this morning during the standoff are now home, after evacuating their building.
For some, it was a scary morning spent in the cold or a car, rather than at work or at school.
Nermin Cirpranic/Evacuated Apartment: “Fifteen years in this building.”
For Nermin Cirpranic and his family, he says it's like a scene back in Bosnia during the war.
Amra Cirpanic/Missing Work: “Guns drawn. It was scary.”
They all woke up to a standoff going on in and outside of their Fargo apartment building.
Nermin: “We were thinking probably something is going on because we had to evacuate the building. We had no fire, nothing.”
Police came in and forced people living in half of the building to leave...
Amra: “They won't be going to school for sure, and we'll see about work.”
After receiving reports of a domestic dispute on the third floor.
Amra: “I couldn't believe it's happening here in this building.”
I spoke with a woman who called in the disturbance. She wouldn't go on camera but says she lives right below the couple and woke up this morning to a woman screaming, 'Are you going to kill me now?' She says she wondered if she should have made the call earlier because it's not the first time she's heard something like this.
Joel Vettel/Lt. Fargo Police: “There's often times a reluctance to call for a variety of reasons, people don't want to get involved, people feel that it's a personal matter.”
Lt. Joel Vettel says whenever a fight gets violent or loud enough for other people to hear...
Vettel: “I always tell them air on the side of safety, make that call.”
That way law enforcement can put a stop to such a dangerous situation, In this case- with multiple families, and young kids living nearby.
Amra: “We were happy that they evacuated us early enough to where they didn't really see anything, there was no SWAT team here yet and it was nice to live in peace.”
But the family says their usual feelings of returning home
"It's kind of scary; you don't know who is your neighbor."
Are no longer so comforting.
Police say they had been to the same apartment before on other domestic dispute calls.
One, so violent, it resulted in a restraining order between the same couple.