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2 Wisconsin officers shot by Fargo attempted murder suspect

The 23-year-old suspect is wanted for attempted murder in Fargo.
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Two uniformed police officers in Wisconsin were shot early Friday morning by a man who is wanted for attempted murder in Fargo. 

The incident happened around 1:40 a.m. in Delafield – about 27 miles west of Milwaukee – when two uniformed officers met the suspect. Both officers were shot and suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, while the suspect "was last seen running southbound from the area of I-94 and Hwy. 83," according to Delafield PD. 

The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Nathanael Benton of Fargo, is considered armed and dangerous. He is a white man who is approximately 6 feet tall and 215 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a flat brim hat, sweatshirt and possibly khakis. 

People within the area of I-94 and Hwy. 83 remain in a shelter-in-place as of this writing (9:15 a.m.), and both directions of I-94 in the area are closed as a search for the suspect continues. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, nearby schools have been closed or delayed start times Friday. 

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Fargo Police Department reports that police in Wisconsin encountered Benton while investigating a hit-and-run crash. 

Benton is wanted for an attempted murder that happened Sunday, Nov. 1 around 2:30 a.m. in Fargo. The victim was found on the 100 block of Roberts St. N. by Fargo Fire, which transported him to a hospital where bullet fragments were removed from his head. 

"Initially, we had information this injury may have occurred in Moorhead," Fargo PD said. "Through a more detailed investigation, detectives learned the male had taken a ride share to Moorhead, complained of head pain, and then returned back to Fargo before calling 911."

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