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Domestic violence call turns deadly following shootout with police in Dickinson

Dickinson Police Department responded to a domestic violence call early Monday morning, which resulted in a shootout and death of a Dickinson resident

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Dickinson Police Department responded to a domestic violence call early Monday morning, which resulted in a shootout and death of a Dickinson resident Monday, May 17, 2021. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

A Dickinson police officer fatally shot an armed suspect who allegedly fired on police following their response to a domestic violence call for service on Monday morning.

Police responded to the domestic violence call on the 3300 block of 4th Avenue East, at the Lincoln Meadows Apartments, at 1:14 a.m. on May 17.

According to a statement by the Dickinson Police Department, officers responded to a report of a domestic involving a weapon and the arriving units made contact with a witness of the event in the parking lot.

Initial indications are that a male suspect fired towards officers or at someone else from inside a ground-floor apartment. Officers returned fire, fatally injuring the unidentified male.

A female was located inside the apartment suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson. The suspect was declared deceased at the scene.

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Several children were inside the apartment at the time of the incident, but were unharmed.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation was requested to process the crime scene and investigate the officer-involved shooting.

"The two involved Dickinson PD officers were uninjured and are currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation," Lt. Michael Hanel, Public Information Officer with Dickinson Police Department, explained. "This is a standard protocol in officer-involved shootings. The facts and circumstances surrounding this case remain under investigation, no further information will be released at this time."

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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