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Cottonwood Loop Residents Worried During Lock Down

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An entire south Bismarck neighborhood is locked down.. from what turns out to be a prank call.

Officers say they got a skype call from a man who claimed he had his mother held hostage with a gun at a home in Cottonwood Loop.

Bismarck police say the caller demanded money and told police if anyone came near the house, he would shoot them.

Macy Egeland was in the south Bismarck neighborhood during the lockdown and has more on this story.


Cottonwood Loop residents pack the street leading into their neighborhood and watch as multiple police officers and a SWAT team surround their homes.

All left worried and wondering what's going on.

"I was at work and my neighbor called me and I ran over here and this is as far as I got. My kids are freaking out and they're crying. I can't even get there to be by them," Jay Fettig said.

Jay Fettig is just one resident not allowed back into his home while SWAT members do a thorough check of the area.

"You always see it on TV and it's not going to happen to you. Well, it just did," Fettig said.

Police sent out a reverse 911 call, warning residents to lock their doors and stay inside.

"It is the most sinking, sickening feeling. Your kids are home, they're crying saying, 'dad please just come home. please come here.' I cant. I can't do anything," Fettig said.

Police cleared the area after making sure 550 Cottonwood Loop-- the residence the caller had identified-- was safe.

"We were able to contact the home owner. He said that there should be nobody in the house. He came down and allowed us to go in check the house, everything was clear," Lt. Jeff Solemsaas said.

Tim Karsky owns that home and says he was nervous when he got the call.

"I thought somebody was in my house.. that was my biggest concern," he said.

Police are currently working to find out who the real prank caller was. They say once they do, the man could face serious charges.

"I would think a terrorizing charge would be entirely appropriate and warranted in this case," Lt. Solemsaas said.

For all of the parents, kids and other residents who were left worried and afraid, there's a relief that it was only a false alarm.

In Bismarck, Macy Egeland.. KX news.


Residents were let back into their neighborhood at 1:15pm this afternoon.. about an hour after police arrived.

At least 18 police vehicles and an armored truck responded to the area.

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