UPDATE: Man killed in officer involved shooting identified

Justin Lee Dietrich

WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) Authorities have released the name of the man killed in an officer involved shooting in West Fargo.

The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Justin Lee Dietrich.

Two of the SWAT operators who fired at the suspect are identified as Fargo Police Sergeant Shane Aberle and Fargo Police Sergeant Troy Hannig.

Sergeant Aberle has been with the Fargo Police Department for 15 years. Sergeant Hannig has been with the Fargo Police Department for 10 years. The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Here is a portion of a joint press release from the Fargo and West Fargo Police Departents:

On March 12, 2018, around 8:26 p.m., patrol officers with the West Fargo Police Department (WFPD) attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a suspect in the possession of stolen handguns.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued in West Fargo.

Later, the suspect vehicle rammed a K9 Unit placing the squad car. The suspect eventually stopped in a driveway in the 1000 block of 11th Street W., West Fargo. The suspect vehicle was surrounded by police. A perimeter was set and the suspect continued to not follow officers’ commands.

The Red River Valley SWAT and Negotiations teams were called for assistance. At approximately 10:00 p.m., SWAT assumed command of the scene and Negotiations attempted to communicate with the suspect. During the attempted negotiations, at approximately 10:37 p.m. the suspect exited his vehicle, refused to follow commands, and posed an imminent deadly threat to the SWAT operators. Four SWAT operators fired at the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody, given medical treatment on-scene, and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is still under investigation by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. No further information will be released at this time.