UPDATE: Officers involved in deadly shooting of Mapleton man identified
MAPLETON, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The four officers involved in the police shooting of 35-year-old Andrew Martinez Monday afternoon have been identified as Sergeant Travis Moser, Detective Josh Heller, Detective Ryan Jasper, and Investigator Jordan Korte. Sergeant Moser is an eighteen-year veteran.
The incident began around 10 a.m. on Aug. 1, in the 500 block of 5th St. in Mapleton where officers were called to a report of shots fired by neighbors. When deputies arrived on scene, officials say they heard gunshots from the house as well. A perimeter of the entire neighborhood was soon set up and and a shelter-in-place was ordered for neighbors.
Officials say Martinez was experiencing a mental health crisis prior to the shots fired call Monday morning.
Deputies then started negotiating with Martinez, where Martinez’s father and brother also participated in an effort to get Martinez to surrender peacefully and safely. Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner stated Monday night those negotiations were ‘up and down,’ and stated Martinez told negotiators if he was going to come outside, he was going to do so with a gun.
Just before 3 p.m. Monday, several witnessed told VNL they heard about 10 “rapid fire shots” and then saw an armored vehicle pull up to the house.
Officials say despite deputies’ pleas, Martinez came out of the home holding a rifle and four Fargo Police officers from the Metro Street Crimes Unit fired their duty weapons, killing Martinez. All four of the officers will be placed on administrative leave.
Authorities say there was alleged criminal activity that occurred prior to their arrival Monday morning, but did not elaborate more on what those crimes were. Sheriff Jahner stated the alleged incident may have contributed to the individual’s mental state, though.
The ND Bureau of Criminal Investigations is now taking over the investigation, which is its third officer involved shooting investigation in less than a month, which BCI officials say is unprecedented.
In a statement to Valley News Live from the Martinez family’s attorney:
“The family of Andrew James Martinez is cooperating with North Dakota Law Enforcement agencies. We ask that our privacy is respected as that investigation proceeds and as our family grieves the loss of our loved one.”
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