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Details expected in officer-involved shooting

GRAND FORKS -- The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s office is expected to release more information today about the area’s third officer-involved shooting in the past eight months.

The incident Sunday afternoon just north of Arvilla, N.D., on U.S. Highway 2 involved two deputies and left a man injured, according to Grand Forks County Chief Deputy David Stromberg. The man’s condition and identity were unknown Monday, Feb. 18.

About 1:50 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a vehicle that had broken down on the highway. The deputies made contact with the male driver, who was alone in the vehicle. The man displayed a firearm, and shots were fired, according to the department. It is unclear whether the driver fired any shots.

The man was transported to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave Sunday. Stromberg said the department expects to release more details, including the names of the deputies involved and the man who was shot, sometime today.

Stromberg said the sheriff’s office received a call Saturday night that involved the man injured but was unrelated to Sunday’s incident. He declined to offer additional information.

This is the third officer-involved shooting in the area in less than a year.

On July 5, Devils Lake officers responded to reports of a man breaking into homes in a mobile home park.

Daniel Fuller, 26, was shot in the back of the head by Det. Brandon Potts after fleeing officers who were responding to the call, according to a summary report by Ramsey County State’s Attorney Kari Agotness. Fuller was unarmed.

The summary report stated Fuller lunged at Potts, who attempted to defend himself by hitting Fuller with a pistol “three or four times” before the weapon fired. Potts pulled the trigger, and the “inadvertent discharge” was attributed to involuntary muscular contraction, according to the report.

Agotness did not charge Potts in the shooting. The case is now being investigated by the FBI, and Potts remains on paid administrative leave.

On July 8, two Grand Forks police officers shot and killed 41-year-old John Francis Murphy III.

The officers, Cpl. Jordan Drees and Officer Michael Ruit, responded shortly after 3 a.m. that morning after a report of a suicidal subject with a firearm.

Murphy did not fire his weapon but refused to obey commands from the officers, according to a July news release. Officers discharged their firearms in response to a “perceived threat posed by the armed subject,” the law enforcement agency said.

The officers were not charged in the case.

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