Man in custody following 6-hour standoff

BISMARCK, N.D. - UPDATE: A 20-year-old Bismarck man is in custody Saturday night after a six-hour standoff with law enforcement.

Bismark Police say Tjaden Smith of Bismarck had been barricaded inside a house in the 2700 block of Lexington Drive in northeast Bismarck since just before 3:00 p.m Saturday.

Police say he was arrested by the West Dakota SWAT team at approximately 9:25 p.m. for aggravated assault, terrorizing, and domestic simple assault out of Morton County, and a Burleigh County charge of reckless endangerment.


ORIGINAL STORY: Law enforcement is responding to the 2700 block of Lexington Drive for a barricaded subject.

Bismarck Police say West Dakota SWAT and Hostage Negotiations are currently attempting to negotiate with a 20-year-old Bismarck man, who is refusing to leave a residence and is known to be armed with a weapon. Bismarck Police say he's the only one in the house.

BPD says the incident started shortly after 1:15 p.m. when Mandan Police were investigating a domestic aggravated assault and terrorizing. They say the suspect fled from Mandan officers, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Bismarck Police, and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office, which resulted in a slow-speed chase in and out of Bismarck.

BPD says they found the suspect at a house around 2:50 p.m.

SWAT arrived on scene just before 3:30 p.m.

Bismarck Police have set up a perimeter and they are encouraging residents in the area to shelter in their homes or evacuate the area. Police currently have Lexington Dr. and Yorktown Dr. closed.