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Report of potential threat at Buffalo home ends peacefully

BUFFALO, N.D. – A Buffalo man was taken to Fargo for mental health treatment on Wednesday, Dec. 27, after the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report that he had made threatening statements, but those reports were apparently inaccurate.

“This was not as serious as we were initially told,” said Sgt. Tim Briggeman, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Law enforcement officers were never in danger, the sergeant said.

Briggeman said the man was not arrested and that no criminal charges were expected to be filed against him. The man was not identified.

Authorities received a report at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday that the man was having mental health issues and may have threatened someone. At least a half dozen sheriff’s vehicles were dispatched to the scene because of the perception of a threat.

The house occupied by the man was just north of Main Street, west of Buffalo’s small commercial district. Sheriff’s deputies blocked off a section of Main Street in Buffalo between State Highway 38 and Second Avenue. However, no neighboring buildings were evacuated.

Law enforcement made telephone contact with the man, and he was “cordial,” Briggeman said.

Deputies then went to the house to speak with him. They determined he was not a threat shortly before 3 p.m.

“We had a peaceful resolution,” Briggeman said. “This is exactly the way we wanted it to go.”

Briggeman said no one else was in the house at the time and that deputies did not find any weapons in the home.

Because the incident turned out to be a mental health episode with no criminal component, Briggeman would not release any other details about what happened.