UPDATE: Man dead, one suspect on the run after officer-involved shooting
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A Jamestown man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in south Fargo. The 28-year-old Native American man from Jamestown was shot by a Fargo Police Officer. Another person is in custody and a third was detained on Tuesday, July 12.
Police were called to an apartment building in the 3400 block of 15th Avenue South around 8:07 a.m. on Friday, July 8. The caller reported people slumped over in a van that was parked in a garage.
Three officers responded to the scene and just minutes later the officers reported shots fired and a foot chase, according to Police Chief David Zibolski.
Police say the van was reported stolen out of Fargo on Tuesday, July 5. When officers approached the van, the driver tried to flee and one of the officers shot the driver. His name is expected to be released Saturday afternoon. The police chief says no weapons were found in or around the van.
Two other people in the vehicle ran from the scene. 25-year-old Cody Dunn is being charged with refusal to halt and possession of meth, according to Chief Zibolski. Derek Stanley was located on Tuesday.
When asked if Stanley posed a public safety risk, Chief Zibolski said, “We don’t know anything about this individual other than he was in a stolen vehicle. We don’t know if he has any other weapons.”
Zibolski says none of the officers were seriously hurt during the incident. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is taking over the case since it was an officer-involved shooting. The officer who fired the gun will be on administrative duties until the investigation is complete. He is an 11-year veteran of the force. His name is also expected to be released Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fargo Police Investigations Unit at 701-241-1405.
Chief Zibolski says the State’s Attorney’s Office will review the case to determine whether the officers’ actions were justified. The chief described the day as a ‘traumatic instance for our officers’.
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