A Grand Forks police officer was confirmed dead after an attempt to service eviction papers caused gunfire Wednesday, May 27, at a southern Grand Forks apartment building.
The officer – whose name is withheld while awaiting notification of relatives – is a member of the Grand Forks Police Department. He was the second death related to the incident, which also claimed the life of a woman who was in the apartment at the time.
It starts around 2:30 pm. as a routine eviction service at Salamah Q. Pendleton’s residence, 41, from apartment 303 at 2627 S. 17th Street, according to Lieutenant Derik Zimmel, a spokesman for the Grand Forks Police Department. That quickly escalated into a shot, initiated by Pendleton, according to Zimmel.
Gatherers gathered outside the apartment complex after Wednesday’s shooting in block 2600 S. 17th Street in Grand Forks. Photo by Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
The deputy sheriff called additional officers to the scene.
“A male subject from inside the apartment, unexpectedly and without warning, opened fire,” Zimmel said. “The officers ask for immediate assistance.”
Among those shot were two officers, including one from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office and the dead Grand Forks Police Department officer, Zimmel said. Deputy sheriff in stable condition.
Zimmel said Pendleton suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to hospital. He also said a woman was found dead inside the apartment.
“During the incident, the man suffered a gunshot wound and was transported for the injury. Two officers suffered gunshot wounds (and) they were both transported because of their injuries, “said Zimmel.” And we did have a woman in the apartment who was found dead from a clear shot. “
Grand Forks officers walked across the parking lot at the apartment complex on 2600 South 17th Street on Wednesday, May 27, at the shooting scene where two officers were shot and wounded, as well as gunmen who were seen, and a deceased woman was found in the apartment. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
He said that because the Grand Forks Police Department and the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office were involved, the North Dakota Criminal Investigation Bureau was likely to take the lead in investigating the incident.
The Grand Forks Herald reporter who lives near the incident heard about eight shots. When the reporter rushed to investigate when the incident occurred, he was stopped and searched by law enforcement officers. He then saw the officer running to the scene with the shotgun.
A young man who declined to say his name told the Herald that he was playing video games in his nearby residence when he heard many shots.
“I was playing and suddenly I heard five, 10, maybe 15 shots,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s right above or anywhere.”
Officers from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Forks Police Department, Criminal Investigation Bureau, UND Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol was on location shortly after the incident. They recorded the scene when many people watched and took videos. The roads near the scene were immediately closed.
Law enforcement officials investigated the shooting location on Wednesday in an apartment in 2600 blocks South 17th Street. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
“In my understanding, it was a shot without warning,” Zimmel said. “That is one aspect of law enforcement. You go to a call which is something as simple as implementing a civil document, and that can change very loudly in a hurry.
“I think we will all struggle with this one,” Zimmel said. “Are you at the scene, are you involved, are you sleeping and waking up to this news – brothers and sisters, when someone hurts us all get hurt. So we will all have trouble with this one.”
Zimmel said he considered the place stable and believed there was no further threat to the public.
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