A tragic incident occurred on Friday afternoon in Fargo, North Dakota, where one police officer lost his life and two others were critically injured after a suspect opened fire on a busy street. The suspect was eventually killed by officers returning fire, while a civilian also sustained serious injuries. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, as the Fargo Police Department continues its ongoing investigation. The identities of the officers and the suspect have been withheld until their families can be notified.
In response to the “shooting incident,” the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working together with federal, state, and local law enforcement, according to North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley. Additional details regarding the incident will be provided during a press conference scheduled at Fargo City Hall on Saturday.
Gregg Schildberger, the city’s chief communications officer, urged the community to remain patient and understanding as the Fargo Police Department works through this challenging situation. He expressed gratitude for the messages of support received from the community, acknowledging the difficulties faced by all involved.
Patients wounded in the shooting were transferred to Sanford Medical Center Fargo for treatment. Updates on their conditions will be provided by the Fargo police, according to spokesperson Paul Heinert.
Eyewitnesses recounted the events that unfolded, stating that the suspect opened fire on the police officers, prompting other officers to retaliate. Shortly after the initial incident, law enforcement officers gathered evidence related to the shooting in a residential area roughly two miles away, leading to the evacuation of residents.
Shannon Nichole, a witness who was driving at the time, described the harrowing scene: “I saw the traffic stop and as soon as I drove, shots were fired and I saw the cops go down. My airbag went off and the bullet went through my driver’s door.” Fortunately, a kind stranger pulled Nichole to safety, ensuring her escape from the dangerous situation.
Another witness, Chenoa Peterson, recounted her terrifying experience: “He proceeds to aim it and you just hear the bullets go off, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God! He’s shooting!'” Peterson was traveling with her daughter when the suspect began firing at the police.
Law enforcement agencies from across the region expressed their condolences and solidarity with the Fargo police through Facebook posts. The South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police posted, “Thinking of our brothers and sisters in Fargo,” while the Glenwood Fire Department in Minnesota urged people to keep their blue lights shining in support of local law enforcement and those affected by the tragic events.
As the community grapples with the aftermath of this incident, the focus remains on the ongoing investigation and supporting the affected officers and their families.