FPD: Gunshot call in south Fargo determined to be fake

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 2:14 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A false 911 call had several officers tied up at a south Fargo home Friday afternoon for almost an hour.

“So it creates a horrible situation for the public, the officers and everyone involved. It’s a dangerous situation.” said Lt. Shannon Ruziska.

Fargo Police say they were called to the 6800 block of 24 St. S. just after 1 p.m. after someone called dispatch and reported they accidently shot their sister and hung up. When officers arrived, they were able to determine the caller was not associated with the address and no one had been injured or was in any trouble at the home.

“Like six, seven cop cars, a news crew, things like that,” said Ben Schmidt, South Fargo resident. “The cops came knocking on the door, I gave them a statement about what I’ve seen or lack thereof seen.”

“We just saw them outside and they told us to get inside,” said Ty Myron. “We didn’t know what was going on. They were running across the lawn with, like, guns. It’s, yeah crazy.”

During a news conference, Lt. Ruziska made a point to say fake calls like this causes many problems for all involved and that they are investigating the situation, calling it terrorizing.

“We will investigate these as a terrorizing felony crime. So what they’re doing is committing felony which does evoke the possibility of a serious penalty, up to including five years in prison.” said Lt. Ruziska.

Fargo Police say unfortunately, false calls for service like this one are not uncommon, but are always taken seriously and fully investigated.

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