One cop was kἰlled and two others were gravely injured after a suspect opened fire on a busy roadway in Fargo, North Dakota, on Friday afternoon (14 July), according to police. In the incident that occurred prior to 3 p.m., officers returning fire kἰlled the suspect. A civilian was also severely injured, according to a late-night police statement that offered no details regarding a possible motive.
The Fargo Police Department stated that the investigation is ongoing and withheld the officers’ and suspects’ identities pending family notification. Drew Wrigley, the attorney general of North Dakota, stated that the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation was collaborating with federal, state, and local law enforcement in response to a “shΘΘting incident” but he did not provide any additional information.
Gregg Schildberger, the city’s superintendent of communications, stated that the Fargo police will provide additional information at a press conference scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Schildberger said Friday evening –
“We sincerely are asking for your patience and our community’s patience and understanding as the Fargo Police Department works through this incident.”
“This is very difficult on all of us.”
“We appreciate all the messages from the community that have been given to us in support of our officers.”
Paul Heinert, a spokesperson for Sanford Medical Center Fargo, stated in an email that the facility received patients as a result of the shΘΘting and that the Fargo police would provide updates on their conditions. Multiple witnesses stated that a man opened fire on police officers before being slain by other officers.
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Shortly thereafter, officers converged on a residential area approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away, evacuating residents as they gathered what they believed to be evidence related to the incident. Witnesses in the vicinity reported seeing and hearing gunfire. Shannon Nichole told KFGO Radio at the time she was driving.
Nichole said –
“I saw the traffic stop and as soon as I drove, shΘts were fired and I saw the cops go down.”
“My airbag went off and the bullet went through my driver’s door.”
Nichole reported that a man seized her and instructed them to flee the area. Chenoa Peterson, who was in the car with her daughter, 22, when the man opened fire on police told, “He proceeds to aim it and you just hear the bullets go off, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God! He’s shΘΘting!’” Peterson’s initial reaction was to stop and offer assistance, but the presence of her daughter persuaded her to depart.
She said –
“It’s weird knowing that if you were 10 seconds earlier you could have been in that.”
Allison Carlson, a resident of Fargo, provided surveillance footage that captured the rapid noises of gunfire. Bo Thi was working alone in a nail salon close to the crime site when she heard what sounded like fireworks or a motorcycle backfire. She stated that she did not consider gunfire at the time. On Facebook, police and other agencies from across the region expressed their condolences for the Fargo police.
A South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police post read –
“Thinking of our brothers and sisters in Fargo.”
The Glenwood Fire Department in Minnesota wrote –
“Please keep the blue lights shining to show our support of not only our local law enforcement, but also those affected by todays events!”
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