Man surrenders after shootout in Williston

Gunfire interrupted an otherwise quiet Thursday afternoon in Williston, which included a brief standoff and exchange of gunfire between law enforcement officers and the suspect. Captain Tom Ladwig of the Williston Police Department reported that “No police officers, no citizens of Williston were injured” in the altercation.

Dispatchers received a 911 call at 2:34 p.m. (Mountain Time) from a woman at a 400-block residence of West Broadway, saying that a man had fired gunshots inside the house. When police arrived on the scene the suspect opened fire on them. Police withdrew to safety, exchanging fire and reportedly hitting the suspect at least once. Ladwig added that the woman who had made the call was not in the house at the time.

Barricaded inside, the man was ordered to surrender. Ladwig was not able to give details on the man’s injuries or identity, but after talking to a detective on the phone the man surrendered to police. He was taken to Mercy Hospital by ambulance.

The matter has been handed over to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is not able to provide any further details at this time.

Dan Rudy