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Man who shot officer warned ‘Get out of the area’

FARGO -- A Fargo man who died in a shootout with police last month that also left an officer dead warned authorities before the shooting began that he would hurt anyone who came close to his house.

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FARGO - A Fargo man who died in a shootout with police last month that also left an officer dead warned authorities before the shooting began that he would hurt anyone who came close to his house.

Marcus Schumacher also told police he would wait until everyone got "out of the area" before he did anything.

Those details and others are contained in search warrant documents filed in Cass County District Court in connection with the Feb. 10 incident at Schumacher's home at 308 9th Ave. N.

According to the documents:

The incident began with a phone call to dispatchers at 7:02 p.m., with the caller stating his father had tried to shoot his mother, who had left the home and gone to Sanford Medical Center.

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At 8:12 p.m., Schumacher phoned police to say he had a weapon. Two minutes later, he told police he would wait until people left the area before he did anything.

Schumacher also said he would hurt "anyone that comes close to the house."

At 8:21 p.m., a shot was fired out of a window of the house and three minutes later Schumacher told dispatchers, "I told you I was serious."

Multiple shots were fired at 9:15 p.m. in a southwest direction and at 9:23 p.m. dispatch received notice of an officer down.

The officer, Jason Moszer, died the next day.

Police entered the Schumacher home at 5:50 a.m. Feb. 11 and found Schumacher dead on the living room floor, a .243-caliber Winchester bolt-action rifle under his body, according to the search warrant documents.

The weapon had a spent shell in the firing chamber of the rifle that had not been ejected.

In all, investigators found nearly 50 spent shell casings, not all of the same caliber, spread throughout the home's kitchen, living room and entryway.

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More than 20 tear gas canisters were found, some in the home's living room and some in the kitchen of the house.

In addition to the gun found near Schumacher, investigators found four other firearms in the house, including a 20-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a .243-caliber rifle that were located in a gun cabinet in an upstairs bedroom.

A .22-caliber Ruger semi-automatic carbine was found on the kitchen floor.

An empty prescription bottle of diazepam and an empty prescription bottle of hydrocodone were found in the middle of the living room floor.

Diazepam is a drug used to treat anxiety and seizures and it has been known to cause paranoid or suicidal thoughts. Hydrocodone is a drug generally used as a painkiller.

Investigators also recovered a flash drive that contained aerial photos. The documents did not specify what the pictures showed.

Authorities have not said whether Schumacher died by suicide or from police fire.

A spokeswoman for the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is investigating the shooting, said Wednesday that the agency had no comment on the search warrant or the ongoing investigation.

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After the standoff, a BCI spokesman said it would likely be at least a month before a report was issued.

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