WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)- We're learning more about the police involved shooting that left one man dead Monday night in West Fargo. Police say the incident started at 8 P.M. when a West Fargo Police officer attempted to stop a driver on a traffic violation. Officials say the man would not pull over, and at one point he rammed into a squad car.
The suspect stopped in the 1000 block of 11th Street West and holed up in his car. The victim has been identified as Justin Lee Dietrich, 32. The officers involved are now on standard paid administrative leave.
Barry Nitzkorski says, hes never seen anything like this in his neighborhood.
"Had squads go by and they caught our attention, looked out the window, and the next thing I know the pick-up is coming back this way. It drove through the snow bank, hit the mailbox, and hit the car and the pick-up," says West Fargo Resident and Witness, Barry Nitzkorkski.
Nitzkorski's driveway was right in the middle of the action. Shortly after 8 P.M., he and his wife were evacuated from their home. They didn't return until this morning.
"They called us, had us shut off our lights and make it dark to be safe," says Nitzkorski.
They were gone by the time shots were fired. But Nitzkorski tells us, he could still hear them from the nearby hotel they were taken to by authorities. He says, he was never scared because he thought, officers had the situation under control.
"They handled it very well," says Nitzkorski.
Now, with the leftover bullet holes imbedded in his truck, he says, he won't soon forget it.
The incident is still under investigation by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Stay with Valley News Live for all the latest updates.