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Fargo police chief calls on community to help suspected shooter's family

FARGO -- Days after a Fargo police officer was shot and later died, the police chief took to Facebook to call on the community to support the suspected shooter's wife and son.

FARGO -- Days after a Fargo police officer was shot and later died, the police chief took to Facebook to call on the community to support the suspected shooter's wife and son.

Chief David Todd, in a message on the Fargo Police Department Facebook page, said that aiding Officer Jason Moszer's wife and two children was forefront, but said he and the department are trying to find ways of making "something good come out of this senseless act of violence."

Marcus Schumacher, 48, died while he was holed up in a north Fargo home in an eight-hour standoff with police last week. It's not yet known if Schumacher was killed by police gunfire or by suicide.

Police were initially called to the area for a domestic disturbance after Schumacher is believed to have threatened his wife, Michelle Schumacher, and possibly shot at her.

Schumacher and her son were seeking protection from a "deranged and dangerous person who was causing them to be in fear of losing their lives," Todd wrote.

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Schumacher and her son were able to escape the home unharmed, police said.

"Perhaps this is a time the community can reach out to Mrs. Schumacher and her son and look for ways to help them," Chief Todd wrote Sunday on Facebook. "My faith and the mission I've sworn to uphold - tells me it's the right thing to do."

Todd did not write of any specific funds that have been set up for the Schumachers, but planning by others in the community is apparently underway.

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