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Man in custody after Cass Lake hostage situation

CASS LAKE -- A man who held a female hostage early Wednesday morning has been taken into custody by the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

Christopher Morris-Headbird, 31, of Cass Lake was arrested after the Cass County Sheriff's Office activated the Emergency Response Unit at approximately 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release issued by the sheriff's office.

Morris-Headbird reportedly barricaded himself and a female inside a residence while possessing a firearm and making threats. Once a search warrant was obtained, at approximately 5:40 a.m. law enforcement began a lengthy negotiation. After agreed upon terms were met the suspect surrendered the weapon and both Morris-Headbird and his hostage were removed from the residence.

Morris-Headbird remains in custody at the Cass County Jail. His criminal background includes felony burglary, robbery, assault and felon in possession of a firearm.

The Leech Lake Tribal Police, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Leech Lake Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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