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Man suspected of hitting Fargo officer with van arrested

FARGO – Fargo police have arrested a man suspected of running over a police officer with a van Monday night, significantly injuring the Fargo officer.

According to Lt. Joel Vettel, officers arrested Jack Christensen, 49, at an apartment in the 1300 block of Eighth Avenue North about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Police had located Christensen there about two hours earlier, and Christensen surrendered after a standoff resolved through negotiations.

Vettel said police believe Christensen was the driver of a van that struck Officer Brent Malone in the parking lot of the Busy Bubbles laundry in north Fargo about 8 p.m. Monday.

Malone, 25, was treated at Sanford Medical Center for several hours with what Vettel called a “significant injury.” He has since been released from the hospital.

Vettel said Malone had been looking to question Christensen about a disturbance about 1 a.m. Sunday in the same apartment building where Christensen was later arrested.

In the Sunday morning incident, Christensen is suspected of injuring a 20-year-old man with a knife and his fists, according to Vettel.

The Monday night incident began after police received a tip that Christensen was at the laundry and an officer approached the van Christensen was sitting in.

Christensen then put the vehicle into gear and accelerated at a high rate of speed, striking the officer, Vettel said.

Vettel said Malone will not immediately return to duty. Malone started with the Fargo Police Department in July 2012, Vettel said.

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