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Fargo police find man suspected of fleeing after officer shot van driver

It’s unclear if Derek Stanley will face charges in connection to the incident where Fargo Officer Adam O’Brien fatally shot Shane Netterville.

The Fargo Police Department has located a third man, Derek Stanley, believed to be in a van when an officer shot and killed the motorist, Shane Netterville.
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FARGO — A third man believed to be in a van when a Fargo police officer fatally shot the vehicle’s driver last week has been taken into custody.

The Fargo Police Department found Derek William Stanley, 31, of Fargo, at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, in north Fargo, the agency said on Twitter. He was apprehended without incident and taken to the office of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The BCI is in charge of the investigation into the incident during which Fargo Officer Adam O’Brien shot 28-year-old Shane Netterville of Jamestown.

According to a criminal complaint, police said they were checking on a van parked in an apartment garage around 8 a.m. Friday at 3401 15th Ave. S. in Fargo after someone reported three dead men were in the vehicle.

As officers tried to make contact with the men, the van, which was reported stolen, drove toward the police, the complaint said. O’Brien, a white 11-year veteran with the Fargo Police Department, fired his weapon and hit the van’s driver, later identified as Netterville, according to court documents.


Netterville, a Native American, died Friday at a hospital. His family and protesters have questioned whether the shooting was justified. They called for video footage of the shooting to be released.

In declining a request by The Forum to make the video public, North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, who oversees the BCI, told the newspaper his office saw no reason to make an exception in this case to release the video as it investigates the incident.

O’Brien remains on administrative leave.

Police claimed Stanley and 25-year-old Cody Kenneth Dunn, of Devils Lake, ran out of the van, a criminal complaint alleged. Dunn was quickly found in an apartment laundry room and arrested, according to police.

Dunn faces charges of possessing meth, a felony, and misdemeanor refusal to halt in Cass County District Court.

It’s unclear what, if any, charges Stanley will face. Police previously called him a person of interest, though at least one tweet by Fargo police called him a suspect.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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