Shocking: Gunman opens fire on police officers in busy Fargo street, multiple witnesses say

Man Opens Fire on Police Officers in Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota turned chaotic on Friday afternoon when a man opened fire on police officers on a busy street, according to witnesses. While police have not confirmed whether anyone, including police officers, was shot, a hospital reported receiving patients shortly after the incident. The Fargo Police Department described the situation as a “critical incident.” Law enforcement agencies from the surrounding region expressed their sympathies for the Fargo police on social media.

Gregg Schildberger, the chief communications officer for the city, urged the community to be patient as the Fargo Police Department dealt with the incident. He did not provide details on any officers being shot or injured but appreciated the community’s support for the department. Sanford Medical Center Fargo reported receiving patients related to the shooting. The hospital spokesperson, Paul Heinert, stated that updates on their conditions would be communicated by the Fargo Police Department.

Police assured the public that there was no known threat following the incident. However, officers subsequently gathered evidence in a residential area about 2 miles away, leading to the evacuation of nearby residents. Eyewitnesses reported hearing gunshots and witnessing the exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the police. One witness, Shannon Nichole, shared her experience of being caught in the crossfire, with a bullet narrowly missing her.

Chenoa Peterson, another witness, recounted how she and her daughter were driving when the suspect began firing at the police. Peterson’s immediate instinct was to help, but her daughter convinced her to leave the dangerous area. Bo Thi, who was working at a nail salon near the shooting site, initially mistook the gunshots for other sounds. However, surveillance video provided by a Fargo resident captured the rapid sounds of gunfire.

North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley confirmed that the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, along with federal, state, and local law enforcement, is responding to the incident. Though details of what occurred were not provided, law enforcement agencies across the region shared their support for the Fargo police on Facebook.

As more information becomes available, the Fargo Police Department intends to release additional details regarding the shooting. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are working diligently to piece together the events that unfolded on that fateful afternoon.

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