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Man in custody after special ops team called to south Grand Forks apartment

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Man in custody after special ops team called to south Grand Forks apartment
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A man who police were told was armed, very agitated and threatening people was arrested on a felony probation violation warrant Thursday night outside a south Grand Forks apartment unit.

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The man gave himself up without incident after being contacted by police, who already had put a special operations group in force, surrounding and securing the man's apartment location.

More charges are pending, following an investigation, against John Austin Franklin, 30, unknown address, police said.

According to a Grand Forks Police Department news release:

Officers were dispatched at about 7:30 p.m. to 1850 S. 34th St., Apt. 116, for a report, from someone who had left the apartment and called police, of a man who possessed a handgun, was very agitated and threatening harm to several people who were not at the apartment.

The man was identified as Franklin, who had an active felony probation violation out of Minnesota. With that information, law enforcement activated its special operations group, including the Grand Forks Regional SWAT and Negotiations Team.

After law enforcement evacuated several surrounding apartments, set up a perimeter to divert people and traffic and secured the area, law enforcement made contact with Franklin. Once that happened, he came out of the apartment and turned himself over to police without incident.

Police said they recovered a handgun at the scene.

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