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Duluth man facing 5 new charges after more than 7 hour standoff

DULUTH, MN -- The man involved in a more than seven-hour standoff in with Duluth Police in the Piedmont neighborhood last week faces five new charges.

Jesse Fechner, 32, is now facing two counts of assaulting a police officer, a count of being a felon possessing a firearm and two others.

According to court documents, Fechner had several warrants out for his arrest before the April 22 standoff.

Around 11:45 a.m. that day, police began survelling his home on the 2200 block of Nanticoke Street.

Several hours later, officer saw Fechner leave his house to take out the trash.

They tried to arrest him, but Fechner ran back inside the home, locking the door behind him.

Officers spent several hours using verbal commands, gas canisters, and sponge rounds to get Fechner to come out.

Around 7 p..m, Authorities determined he had barricaded himself in an upstairs bathroom. The Tactical Response Team was sent in to try and remove him from the home.

When TRT members broke open the bathroom door, court documents show Fechner continued to ignore their commands. Officers again fired less lethal rounds, but Fechner didn't comply.

According to court documents, Fechner swung and hit two officers in the head, knocking off their gas masks.

Fechner was eventually taken into custody.

He'll be back in court May 25.

Briggs LeSavage

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