“Tragedy in Fargo: Officer Jake Wallin Killed, Two Others Critically Injured in Shootout”

By | July 17, 2023



On Friday, tragedy struck the Fargo Police Department as one officer lost his life and two others were critically injured in a shootout. The fallen officer, 23-year-old Jake Wallin, had recently joined the department in April and had also served in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

The incident occurred when a suspect opened fire on a busy street in Fargo following a reported car crash. In a news conference, Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski described the shooting as a “heinous and unthinkable act of aggression against our officers and against our community.” The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Mohamad Barakat, was ultimately killed in the shootout.

The two injured officers, Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes, were both experienced members of the department. Dotas had been serving for six years, while Hawes had only joined in April, like Wallin. It is reported that Zachary Robinson, Wallin’s training officer, was the one who shot and killed the suspect.

This tragic event serves as a somber reminder of the dangers and sacrifices that law enforcement officers face daily while protecting their communities. It is a stark reminder of the bravery and dedication that these individuals demonstrate in their line of duty.

The loss of Officer Wallin is a devastating blow to the Fargo Police Department and the community it serves. The department, along with the entire community, is mourning the loss of this young officer and standing in solidarity with the injured officers and their families.

In times like these, it is crucial that we come together as a community to support our law enforcement officers and honor the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Let us remember and honor Officer Jake Wallin for his service, bravery, and dedication to keeping our communities safe..