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Man sentenced for armed standoff with Fergus Falls police

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A 29-year-old man was sentenced here on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to about six years in prison on charges stemming from his involvement in an armed standoff with police in 2017.

Theodore James Tiede, of Fergus Falls, was sentenced to six years in prison for his conviction on three felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, according to court records.

In Minnesota, prison inmates typically spend two-thirds of their sentence behind bars if they behave themselves, spending the remaining third under supervised release.

He was given credit for 481 days spent in jail.

Tiede pleaded guilty to the three assault charges in August as part of a plea agreement, court documents said.

Nine other charges — including three felony counts of first-degree attempted murder against a peace officer — were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

A phone message left for Tiede's defense attorney was not returned as of Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8.

According to court documents:

On July 15, 2017, police officers were dispatched to a residence in Fergus Fall for a report of a domestic disturbance.

A person inside the residence informed authorities that Tiede had threatened her with a firearm.

She told officers Tiede had barricaded himself in the basement and was threatening to kill himself.

Police officers set up a perimeter and negotiators were eventually able to make contact with Tiede.

Shortly after, officers heard shots coming from the residence.

Rounds went through leaves of a tree near some officers, leading officers to believe Tiede was shooting at them.

Tiede allegedly made threatening remarks to the officers throughout the negotiations.

Negotiations ended when Tiede threw three firearms out the basement window and exited the residence, at which point he was taken into custody.

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