UPDATE: Suspect in Six-Hour Stand-Off in Court Today

UPDATE, Monday, April 15th: 20-year-old Tjaden Smith, the suspect in Saturday’s six-hour stand-off in Bismarck will have his initial court appearance today at 1:30 in Morton County Court.

According to court documents, Mandan Police responded to a home on 11th Street around 1:15 p.m. on April 13th. 

He threatened to shoot and kill one person and assaulted two others in the home.

He struck an 18-year-old woman in the face multiple times, causing her pain.

He also hit a 38-year-old woman in the back of her head with a snowglobe, after kicking in a locked bedroom door to get to her. She told officers the globe shattered, injuring her.

That’s when the 20-year-old fled the house in a gray Chevy Impala, and the 38-year-old woman told police she saw a shotgun in the car that day.

Bismarck Police said they were called to help in pursuit of the vehicle. 

Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department located the vehicle driving northbound on N 19th Street and Century Avenue in Bismarck. 

North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Sheriff’s Department, Mandan Police Department, and Bismarck Police Department followed Smith in pursuit. 

After a six-hour stand-off with the Bismarck Police Negotiations Team and West Dakota SWAT, the SWAT team deployed gas into the Lexington Drive home, and Smith came out unarmed. He was arrested without incident for aggravated assault, simple assault-domestic and terrorizing in Morton County and reckless endangerment in Burleigh County.


A suspect is in custody tonight after a six-hour stand-off. Bismarck Police say West Dakota SWAT arrested 20-year-old Tjaden Smith of Bismarck around 9:25 tonight.

He was arrested for aggravated assault, terrorizing and domestic simple assault in Morton County,
and reckless endangerment in Burleigh County.

The 20-year-old man barricaded himself inside a home this afternoon, in North-East Bismarck

Officers tell us the man led them on a pursuit from Mandan into Bismarck.
Bismarck Police say he fled from Mandan Police, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Bismarck Police, and Burleigh County, resulting in a pursuit in and out of Bismarck.

He was found in a home at the 2700 block of Lexington Drive around 2:50 p.m. He refused to exit the residence. Police say he was armed with a weapon.  

West Dakota SWAT responded and surrounded the residence, and attempted to negotiate with the 20-year-old man.

Earlier this afternoon, a reverse 9-11 call was issued, telling residents in the area to stay inside and lock their doors.

Police now say the scene is cleared. They thank the community for your patience and support during the incident. They say no one was injured in the process. 

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