Detroit Lakes students brought back inside schools during police situation at nearby gas station

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (Valley News Live) - As dismissal was taking place Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit Lakes Police Department worked with Roosevelt Elementary and Detroit Lakes Middle School while officers dealt with an armed man at the Food and Fuel convenience store at Barbara Avenue and Hwy 34.

Around 3:15 p.m., police got a call about a someone sleeping in the back seat of parked car for 3 hours at the Food n Fuel gas station.

When officers got there, they noticed a man was armed with a silver revolver.

According to Chief Steve Todd with the Detroit Lakes Police Department, the officers backed to safer positions, called for assistance and attempted to communicate with 37-year-old James Poitra of Detroit Lakes.

Multiple officers responded to the scene to assist from the Detroit Lakes Police Department, Becker County Sheriff's Office, MN State Patrol and Frazee Police.

This situation unfolded during the dismissal time of Detroit Lakes Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary, just one block from the scene.

Law Enforcement communicated with the schools and Detroit Lakes Public School district officials brought students back into the building and kept them safe inside until the scene was resolved.

After multiple commands to try to get the Poitra out of his car, he finally got out after resisting arrest.

Poitra is being held on several charges including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Sawed Off Shotgun, Possession of Dangerous Weapon in School Zone, Obstructing Legal Process with Force and miscellaneous drug charges. Poitra is in the Becker County Jail.

The schools resumed normal protocol once the situation was secure.