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UPDATE: Man arrested following Willmar standoff

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a standoff on the 1400 block of 13th Avenue Northeast Thursday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

WILLMAR -- Police here arrested a 42-year-old man late Thursday night after he held authorities at bay during a five-hour standoff.

David Wayne Chambers was arrested on suspicion of assault and terroristic threats for a standoff that began with officers responding to a report of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself and threatening to kill any law enforcement officer who came to his residence.

Officers were unable to talk the man into surrendering so they made neighbors evacuate their homes.

Authorities charged the house at 11:55 p.m. Thursday and arrested Chambers, using "less than lethal force."

One officer suffered minor injuries in the incdent.As of 10 p.m. Thursday, law enforcement officers were in a standoff with a 42-year-old man threatening to kill himself with a gun along the 1400 block of 13th Avenue Northeast.

Willmar Police officers were called to the home at 6:52 p.m., according to Willmar Police Chief Jim Kulset.

The man said he had a gun and also made other threats.

Officers from the police department's tactical team, along with the tactical team from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office, were working to evacuate the people in other apartments in or near the structure and continue communicating with the man, Kulset said.

"There is no indication that he has anyone else in the apartment with him," the chief said.

"We have had some communication with him on and off."

Kulset said the department has had contact with the man involved in the standoff in the past, but declined to release the name of the individual.

Tactical team members, some in full SWAT gear and armed with shotguns and rifles, were seen moving around the neighborhood. The house where the man was located was dark, as were many of the neighboring homes. Due to the below zero temperatures and frigid wind chills, officers were rotating shifts on the scene and warming up in the department's tactical bus, Kulset said.

The temperature was minus 2 and wind chill values dropped below minus 20. Squad cars had cordoned off a one-block area around the home. The Willmar Ambulance and State Patrol were also on the scene.