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Man in weekend Wahpeton incident died of self-inflicted gunshot, police say

WAHPETON, N.D. – A weekend incident here ended in tragedy after its subject was discovered dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, police said Monday.

Police tried to conduct a welfare check about 1:55 p.m. Sunday on a man who lived at 802 16th Ave. N., said Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson.

The apartment building manager where the man lived asked for the welfare check, saying the man hadn’t been seen lately or been in contact with his family for several months.

Two Wahpeton police officers went into the man’s apartment and immediately heard a gunshot from another room, Thorsteinson said.

They left and called for help from other officers, who evacuated the building and diverted traffic from the area around the apartment building.

After officers couldn’t contact the person in the apartment, they called in the Southern Valley Response Team, Thorsteinson said.

Members of the team discovered the body of a man who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

Thorsteinson said his department had no prior history of involvement with the man, and tried to maintain contact with the man the entire time they were on the scene, calling out to him to reassure him he wasn’t in trouble.

But, “We were talking to a closed door,” he said.

The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his family, Thorsteinson said.

The BCI is conducting an investigation of the incident.