A Morris man, 27-year-old Christopher Wait, has been taken into custody by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office following an incident on Friday morning.
A Grant County Deputy was patrolling west on County Road 26 a half mile west of County Road 82 when he met an east bound vehicle matching the description of a vehicle being driven by a wanted person that was said to be armed and dangerous out of Stevens County. He followed the vehicle as turned into a field approach and started traveling east on the Central Lakes Trail. The vehicle stopped directly across from the deputy at the intersection. At this point, the driver, who was the suspect, got out of the vehicle, reached in the back of the truck for something, and fled north on foot.
The Grant County Deputy then proceeded onto the Central Lakes Trail west of the suspect vehicle and took up a position. At this point the deputy called out a female passenger from the vehicle and secured her in his squad car.
Additional law enforcement responded to the scene to include the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, MN State Patrol, DNR Conservation Officers, and additional Grant County Sheriff’s Office personnel. A drone was deployed by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to search the area. Meanwhile, a DNR Conservation Officer at a residence north of the suspect vehicle spotted the suspect in a slough.
Law enforcement set up a perimeter around this area and attempted to call the suspect out of the slough. The suspect eventually threw what was suspected to be a handgun into the slough and then came out of the slough and surrendered to law enforcement.
The female passenger was eventually released. During this incident, the Ashby Public School was notified by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office to implement their Soft Lockdown Procedures. Once the suspect was apprehended, the school was notified and they resumed normal operations.