GF Inmate Death

GF Inmate Death Click to Enlarge

A 36-year old man who was the subject of a police standoff in Grand Forks on Monday afternoon has died. Jail and law enforcement officials confirm the death of Samuel Nelson.

Nelson ran from police and into an apartment on the eleven-hundred block of 14th Avenue South shortly before one p-m. Authorities say he was wanted on five local warrants. Witness reports suggested he was armed. That prompted a large law enforcement presence and area residents were urged to shelter in place.

Police say Nelson surrendered hours later without further incident…was evaluated by paramedics on scene…and transported to the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.

Circumstances surrounding the death are still a bit unclear. Jail officials will conduct an internal investigation. The North Dakota B-C-I will also review the incident to ensure that all policy and procedures were followed. An autopsy has also been ordered.


UPDATE / Grand Forks Police issued this release Tuesday afternoon:

Upon conclusion of this incident, the Grand Forks Police Department could not confirm whether a firearm, which had been reported to be in Mr. Nelson’s possession by witnesses, had been located. We can now confirm a firearm has been located and secured.

During the course of this incident, a suspicious backpack was seized by GFPD officers. That backpack was searched today, and a loaded handgun was located, along with Mr. Nelson’s wallet and identification. The handgun was safely secured. The physical attributes of the handgun matched witness descriptions of the firearm observed in Mr. Nelson’s possession.

In the interest of public safety and concern, the Grand Forks Police Department wanted to notify the public that the reported gun had been located and is safely secured.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the GFPD.

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