Authorities release name of Fargo man in custody after officer-involved shootout on I-29

Maichael Yousa is accused of rear-ending a motorcyclist who suffered life-threatening injuries in a hit-and-run crash. A state trooper later shot Yousa during an exchange of gunfire, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Maichael Kamal Yousa.
Cass County Jail photo
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FARGO — A man was shot twice in an exchange of gunfire with a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper on Tuesday, July 19, at the Interstate 29 off-ramp to eastbound Interstate 94.

The man, 28-year-old Maichael Yousa of Fargo, was not seriously injured by the two shots and was taken to Sanford Medical Center after receiving care at the scene, Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said in a press conference Tuesday evening.

Yousa was later taken from the hospital to the Cass County Jail, Niewind said.

The trooper, whose name has not yet been released, was not hit by any gunfire and was uninjured. The trooper involved in the shooting is now on paid administrative leave.

According to Niewind, the rush-hour incident started when Yousa crashed a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into the rear of a motorcyclist on southbound I-29 and fled. The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries as a result.


About 15 minutes later, at 5:03 p.m., Fargo police received reports of a man firing shots from an apartment balcony in the 3100 block of 34th Avenue South in the area of Essentia hospital. The man ultimately fled the scene in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, according to Fargo police. It was unclear why the man was possibly firing rounds from the balcony.

As troopers were responding to the shots fired call to assist Fargo police, a trooper spotted the Silverado pickup truck, the one involved in the hit-and-run with the motorcycle, on 32nd Avenue South.

The trooper then conducted a traffic stop before Yousa fled once again, heading north on I-29, authorities said. While trying to exit eastbound onto I-94, Yousa collided with another vehicle, causing both to end up in the ditch.

As troopers moved in on the crash scene, Yousa began firing multiple rounds at officers while getting out of the Silverado, according to Niewind.

A trooper returned fire, shooting Yousa twice and taking him down, Niewind said.

The motorists in the second vehicle struck by the Silverado were not injured.

The interstate ramp was closed for several hours after the shootout, which is being investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Niewind said, noting it's standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

Fargo police were investigating the report of shots being fired on 34th Avenue, said Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski, who was also at the press conference.
Zibolski was unsure of the exact details Tuesday night of the incident.


The Highway Patrol, meanwhile, was investigating the two crashes involving the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. 701-451-5665
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