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Man arrested after arson threat, hours-long standoff with Fargo police

Neighboring homes were evacuated during the standoff, and police blocked off a portion of 13 1/2 Street South to drivers.

Fargo police evacuating homes after man makes fire threat
Police evacuated a south Fargo neighborhood after they say a man doused a house with gasoline and threatened to set it on fire. WDAY News
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FARGO — A Fargo man doused a house in gasoline and threatened to light it on fire early Thursday, June 3, leading to a standoff with police that lasted several hours, the Fargo Police Department said.

The incident began about 2:39 a.m. at 1717 13th 1/2 St. S. when a woman called police saying the man, identified as Tristan Patrick Olson, 25, had doused the kitchen with gasoline, police said.

Both the woman and a child made it out of the house unharmed, but a standoff with police continued throughout the early morning hours. As a precaution, authorities shut off the natural gas to the house, which is about a block west of the Sanford South University Medical Center.

Officers tried to speak with Olson for several hours. Firefighters helped make the house safer for officers to enter, but when they went inside, Olson was gone. He was found nearby and officers detained him at about 9 a.m.

Olson will be given medical attention and booked into the Cass County Jail on suspicion of terrorizing, police said.

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Neighboring homes were evacuated during the standoff, and police blocked off a portion of 13 1/2 Street South to drivers.

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