Bismarck police have a late night run in with a man who did the same thing five years ago.
49-year-old Glenn Allen Lovgren is in the hospital after a officer involved shooting.
Three officers were involved in the shooting last night after a man pointed what officers thought was a gun at them.
Alicia Ewen has the story.
On Monday night around 11 someone called to the Bismarck police department saying they had two hostages.
When officers arrived a man began yelling at them from the tennis courts and then ran into one of the dugouts.
Lovgren was not following the officer’s commands and then pointed what looked like a handgun that was wrapped in a t-shirt.
(Sgt. Mark Buschena/Bismarck Police Department)
“He put it up as if he was holding a weapon and other officers believed he was in danger so they fired their weapons,”
(Deputy Chief Dave Draovtich/Bismarck Police Dept.)
“It is completely dark back there. this could have been a very bad situation for our officers. This person could have been hiding out, watching what the officers are doing seeing what they were doing. Everything. And they would have no idea where he was,”
As of this morning Lovgren was in surgery for his injuries.
It’s not known yet how many times the three officers shot at Lovgren or how many times he was hit.
This is the fourth officer-involved shooting this year.
“Yes I think we are all concerned about the officer involved shootings that we have had this year. We have had more this year than we ever have before. I’m sure the police officers are a little concerned about that,”
Bismarck police had a very similar run in with Lovgren five years ago.
In 2011 he called police saying he had hostages and then approached them with a shotgun after hours of negotiations.
Police shot him but he recovered from his injuries.
In both incidents police say it wasn’t evident if he ever had any hostages.
The three officers that fired their weapons were put on administrative leave, which is the departments normal procedure following a shooting.