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Bismarck Police blocked a section of South Washington Street between Bowen and Indiana avenues on Wednesday afternoon.

A two-hour standoff with police on Wednesday led to a reckless endangerment charge for a 38-year-old Bismarck man.

Nathan Carlson was charged with the misdemeanor after refusing to comply with police instructions and locking himself inside his apartment at 415 S. Washington St.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said officers were called to the scene at 2:15 p.m. for a domestic dispute allegedly taking place in a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

Officers approached Carlson who allegedly told them he had weapons and walked away from the officers with his hands in his pockets. An officer deployed a Taser but it was not effective through Carlson’s coat. After locking himself inside the apartment, he reportedly came to the front window with a knife.

Carlson cut his neck and wrists and tried to light himself on fire using nail polish remover as an accelerant, according to Buschena, adding he also made threats to harm the officers should they try to enter the apartment.

Other apartment building residents were home at the time of the incident.

When negotiations failed, Buschena said officers shot a sponge round through the window, hitting Carlson in the left knee. He was taken to the hospital for treatment to his injuries.

An initial court appearance for Carlson is scheduled Friday morning before South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty.

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