“Fargo Shooting: Officer Killed, Two Wounded in Gunman Attack”

By | July 16, 2023



On Friday, a tragic incident occurred in Fargo, North Dakota, when a gunman opened fire on police officers at the scene of a traffic crash. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, leaving authorities puzzled as they try to piece together what led to this horrific event. The shooter, identified as 37-year-old Mohamad Barakat, was not involved in the crash but still decided to open fire on the officers who were responding to the incident.

Tragically, Officer Jake Wallin, a 23-year-old military veteran, lost his life in the shooting. Two other officers, Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes, were wounded, but thankfully Officer Zach Robinson was able to neutralize the threat by shooting and killing the suspect. A 25-year-old woman was also injured, although details about how she sustained her injuries have not been released.

Officer Wallin had only been with the Fargo Police Department for less than three months, but he had already shown great dedication and commitment to his role. Prior to becoming a police officer, Wallin served in the Minnesota Army National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan.

Eyewitnesses described the shooting as an ambush, with the gunman hiding behind a car in a nearby bank parking lot and firing at the officers. The incident sent shockwaves through the community, and officers quickly responded by evacuating nearby residents and launching an investigation.

Authorities are determined to find out the motive behind this senseless act of violence. The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are both involved in the ongoing investigation. Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski expressed confidence that they would uncover the reasons behind the shooting.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face every day while carrying out their duties. It is a somber moment for the Fargo community as they mourn the loss of Officer Wallin and offer support to the wounded officers and their families..