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Man injures himself during Beltrami County standoff

Beltrami County Sheriff Investigators and Special Agents from the MN BCA were at the residence of Virgil Lee Roy on Averi Circle NW, to serve an arrest warrant on Wendell Lee Olson who was a guest at the Roy residence.  Olson was wanted out of Carlton County for 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.  When officers made contact with individuals inside the home, Olson ran to a bedroom and barricaded himself inside.  Officers heard the sound of a gun being slammed into battery and called for additional back-up officers.

As additional officers were responding to the scene, the investigators and agents were able to talk Olson into surrendering.  As officers made contact with Olson, they discovered he had stabbed himself three times in the chest with a steak knife.  Officers called for medical assistance and initiated lifesaving efforts to stop the bleeding.  EMTs from Bemidji Ambulance arrived on-scene and transported Mr. Olson to the Emergency Department at Sanford Hospital.  Olson is being life-flighted to Sanford Fargo for additional treatment of his self-inflicted wounds.

Virgil Lee Roy was also arrested at the scene on theft warrants from Becker and Beltrami Counties.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Bemidji Police, Minnesota State Patrol and Bemidji Ambulance Service.

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