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Stand-off with suicidal man ends peacefully in Baxter

A stand-off with a 21-year-old suicidal man from Brainerd Monday, April 1, ended peacefully after a crisis negotiation team talked with the man for nearly six hours.

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This was the area where law enforcement responded to a Brainerd man in crisis, who was threatening to end his life. The man was parked on the north end of Cypress (red dot in the highlighted area), which is a dead end. Google maps / Brainerd Dispatch

A stand-off with a 21-year-old suicidal man from Brainerd Monday, April 1, ended peacefully after a crisis negotiation team talked with the man for nearly six hours.

The Baxter Police Department received a 911 call at 3:53 p.m. of a man dealing with a mental health illness crisis, threatening his life with a gun as he sat in his vehicle on the north end of Cypress Drive in Baxter, Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said.

Exsted said the Crow Wing County crisis negotiation team was called and got involved in the first 10 minutes of the call. The team of negotiators was able to keep the man on the telephone to talk him into putting the gun down and coming out of the vehicle. After nearly six hours, the man complied and walked out of the vehicle without incident. He was taken to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for a mental health evaluation.

During the stand-off, Exsted said law enforcement officers were able to isolate the incident and the public was not not in any danger.

Law enforcement with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Brainerd Police Department assisted in blocking Cypress Drive off to keep motorists from entering. Squad vehicles were stationed blocking Cypress Drive at the roundabout off Excelsior Road near Super One Foods and the intersection of Clearwater Road and Golf Course Road North, behind the back parking lot of OfficeMax in Baxter.

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North Memorial Ambulance personnel and a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assisted at the scene.

Exsted said law enforcement continues to work with individuals struggling with a mental health illness or a crisis.

"These are difficult calls for us," Exsted said. "These are difficult calls for the individuals. They take a lot of patience sometimes to resolve and in this case, that is exactly what it was."

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