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Not a standoff: Dispute stops traffic on Highway 3

MERRIFIELD -- A dispute between roommates resulted in multiple police vehicles lining County Highway 3 near Pelican Beach Road Wednesday morning, initially stopping traffic on the highway before 9 a.m.

Crow Wing County Sheriffs and Crosslake Police respond to a roommate dispute at 27457 County Highway 3 in Merrifield Wednesday morning. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)
Crow Wing County Sheriffs and Crosslake Police respond to a roommate dispute at 27457 County Highway 3 in Merrifield Wednesday morning. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)

MERRIFIELD -- A dispute between roommates resulted in multiple police vehicles lining County Highway 3 near Pelican Beach Road Wednesday morning, initially stopping traffic on the highway before 9 a.m.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department and Crosslake Police responded to a call from 27000 block of County Highway 3, northeast of Merrifield at 8:13 a.m. Wednesday, Chief Deputy Denny Lasher said, with law enforcement arriving on the scene at 8:27 a.m.

A male roommate, who lived at the house, called law enforcement after another male roommate made some odd remarks and exhibited odd behavior, Lasher said. The caller and a third man left the house and were outside when law enforcement arrived.

For about two hours, deputies used a megaphone to try to get the roommate to come out of the house and talk, Lasher said, but he wouldn't come out of the house and yelled that he didn't want to speak to law enforcement.

While trying to coax the man out of the house, officers interviewed the two men who had left the house and determined there were no threats or criminal acts, Lasher said. The man in the house hadn't shown enough behavior to warrant taking him in for evaluation, he said, so law enforcement left the scene at 10:27 a.m.

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"There wasn't anything in this individual's behavior that would make us think we'd have to go in and bring him in for any kind of evaluation," Lasher said. "He was just upset about various things and got upset."

Officers provided the two men with options to get the third man removed from the house or file an order for protection against the man, Lasher said, but he's unsure if the two men will take any action against the third man.

Law enforcement surrounded the house, Lasher said, but it wasn't really a standoff. There was no barricade or hostages involved, he said.

 

SPENSER BICKETT may be reached at 218-855-5859 or spenser.bickett@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/spenserbickett .

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