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SALVATION ARMY RESPONDS TO HOSTAGE SITUATION IN MAHNOMEN, MIN.

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Released 20 February 2009

FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA- The Salvation Army of Fargo, N.D. responded in the north-central Minnesota town of Mahnomen, where an officer was shot early Wednesday morning and a suspect remained holed up in a trailer home for most of the day.

State officials called on The Salvation Army at 1:30 p.m. to provide food and hydration services to more than 100 emergency responders, said Captain Adam Moore, who is serving with five other Salvation Army personnel less than three blocks from the scene.

"We will stay until the last law enforcement team leaves," Moore said.

According to The Forum newspaper of Fargo-Moorehead: Christopher Dewey, a Mahnomen County sheriff's deputy, is in critical condition after he was shot twice while investigating reports of gunshots this morning. Police SWAT teams later surrounded a trailer home occupied by two armed suspects. One of the suspects surrendered early in the day.

During a 4 p.m. news conference on Wednesday (February 18, 2009), Moore learned the second suspect has also surrendered.

Report submitted by
Annette Bauer, PR Director,
The Salvation Army Northern DHQ
2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113 651.746.3500 office

 


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