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Incident with handgun leads to man's arrest

A 57-year-old Southeast Human Service Center patient upset with his treatment went outside to his van and retrieved and fired a handgun through the vehicle's ceiling Monday afternoon in the facility's parking lot.

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A 57-year-old Southeast Human Service Center patient upset with his treatment went outside to his van and retrieved and fired a handgun through the vehicle's ceiling Monday afternoon in the facility's parking lot.

The man - identified as David Lloyd Erickson of Fargo - was threatening to harm himself and was waving the gun around, inadvertently pointing it at staff trying to intervene, Fargo police Sgt. Jeff Skuza said.

Erickson was still armed when police arrived just after 4:30 p.m. at 2624 9th Ave. S., but they were able to disarm him, Skuza said.

No one was injured in the incident, but Erickson was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment.

"He was fairly resistant with the staff here but he complied very well with our officers," Skuza said.

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Erickson was seated calmly in the back seat of a squad car talking to police shortly before 5 p.m. A bullet hole could be seen in the roof of a nearby blue Dodge minivan above the center console in the vehicle. Police took the handgun and a spent shell casing into evidence, Skuza said.

Erickson was taken to a local hospital where he was medically cleared and then booked into the Cass County Jail on suspicion of reckless endangerment, Skuza said.

Authorities have responded to the service center in the past, in part because "they have a clientele that have occasional police contact," Skuza said. The center is often a good resource for police looking to identify individuals, he added.

Skuza did not know what Erickson was being treated for and said he was unsure whether Erickson was there for an appointment Monday.

Forum reporter Benny Polacca contributed to this report

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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