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Bemidji SWAT team responds to call, finds man dead

On Feb. 9, 2013 at approximately 1921 hours the Bemidji Police Department responded to the 400 block of Central Avenue SE on a request to check the welfare of a male who was possibly suicidal. Officers were informed that the male had several loaded handguns and a rifle, along with extra ammunition.

Bemidji Police Officers attempted to make contact and began evacuating the neighbors. The Headwaters SWAT Team was requested to assist. During the evacuation process Bemidji Police Officers heard a single gunshot from inside the residence. The SWAT Team was able to approach the residence and observed a male lying on a bed. Entry to the residence was made by the Headwaters SWAT Team where they confirmed that Ryan George Nelson, age 34, of Bemidji had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ryan Nelson was pronounced dead on scene by the Bemidji Ambulance Service.

The Bemidji Police Department was assisted by the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Beltrami Office of Emergency Management, Headwaters Safe Trails Taskforce, Bemidji Fire Department and Bemidji Ambulance Service.