Update: Suspect in Custody After Barricading Himself in a Residence, Shots Fired in Dickinson

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UPDATE 6:40 p.m. — A Dickinson man is in custody after shots were fired in the city this morning. We now have details from police:

At approximately 12:15 this afternoon, Dickinson Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of Abraham Parkway for a 9-11 report of multiple gunshots. 

The address is on the east side of Dickinson in an area with number of townhomes.  The 9-11 caller was a resident of the area and believed a round of gunshots passed through the common wall of her townhome.

When Dickinson Police Officers arrived, they were quickly able to confirm gunshots had indeed been fired.  Officers quickly evacuated the other unrelated townhomes and residences in the immediate area. 

An outer perimeter was established and a reverse 9-11 page was activated, directing remaining residents in the area to take shelter in place. 

The gunshots were believed to have originated from the home of Nicholas Barnes.  The South West Tactical Team (SWTT) was activated and responded establishing an inner perimeter. 

Arrest and search warrants were obtained while crisis negotiators attempted to contact the suspect through multiple means, including a public address audio system. 

Police requested additional support from West Dakota SWAT in Bismarck, including an armored Bobcat, known as a ROOK.  While awaiting the arrival of the ROOK, the suspect unexpectedly opened his garage door, diving out from under the opening of the door, armed with two handguns. 

Although armed during his unusual exit from his residence, it was officers believed Barnes was surrendering to authorities. 

SWTT operators, supported by a Bearcat Armored vehicle were able to subdue the suspect immediately when he emerged from beneath the garage door.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., 39-year-old Nicholas Barnes of Dickinson was taken into custody and transported to the South West Multi-County Correctional Center, where was lodged on charges of C-Felony Reckless Endangerment. 

Barnes was believed to be suffering from a psychiatric episode, causing his extremely irrational behavior.  No one was injured during this extremely volatile incident.


Update 3:10 PM: One male subject surrendered and is in custody.

SWAT is still on scene clearing the residence. No further subjects are believed to be inside. Residents will be allowed back into the area shortly.

Original: SWAT is on scene outside of a Dickinson residence where there is a barricaded subject inside.

According to Dickinson Police, shots were fired in the area of Lincoln Street and 15th Avenue East, where the suspect currently has himself barricaded in a residence.

Police ask that you avoid the area. A reverse 9-11 call went out, asking residents in the immediate-area to shelter in place, as well as door to door contacts.

This is an on-going story, we’ll keep this updated with the latest.

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