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Mental health exam planned for standoff suspect

Leonard Ritter walks out of his south Fargo apartment to smoke a cigarette on his balcony Wednesday evening during the standoff. Forum file photo
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Mental health exam planned for standoff suspect
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A Fargo man arrested Wednesday after a standoff with police at an apartment complex has been sent to the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown for a mental health examination, according to a prosecutor reviewing the case for possible charges.

Leonard Ritter, 55, was arrested after jumping from his second-floor apartment balcony at 2433 20th Ave. S.

Fargo police have recommended prosecutors charge Ritter with illegally possessing a firearm, as well as reckless endangerment, terrorizing and resisting arrest, police said.

No charges were filed as of Friday afternoon.

The standoff spanned nearly nine hours and ended with an officer using a Taser to aid police in ending the confrontation peacefully.

Officers responded to the apartment complex Wednesday morning after receiving a report of a man in a hallway making threatening statements.

Police arrived on the scene quickly, evacuating the apartment complex, blocking off traffic and closing a nearby convenience store as they attempted to negotiate Ritter's surrender.