Suspect in police standoff pronounced dead


One man is dead following a police standoff in West Fargo. 

The deceased male, whose name has not yet been released, was a subject of a prior ongoing investigation leading up to the shooting. 

A West Fargo officer attempted to pull over the suspect last night arounf 8 p.m., but he did not stop. 

The suspect then rammed a police officer and eventually stopped. 

That’s when authorities started negotiations. 

The suspect remained in his truck and it was believed he had weapons in the vehicle. 

The suspect refused to comply, so the Red River Valley SWAT team took over. 

“During those negotiations, the suspect exited his vehicle, and posed an iminent threat to those SWAT officers. At that point the officers engaged the suspect, and shots were fired,” said West Fargo Police Chief Heith Janke.

The suspect was taken in a ambulance to Sanford Medical center where he was pronounced dead.

 No officers were injured in the shooting, but three officers from the Fargo-Moorhead area have been placed on paid administrative leave. 

The Bureau of Investigations is conducting the investigation.

A CodeRED alert was issued and residents living within a quarter-mile of the standoff were asked to shelter in place while authorities started negotiations. 

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