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Fargo police officer dies after being shot in the line of duty


A Fargo Police Officer who was shot while responding to a domestic situation died Thursday afternoon, police confirmed to multiple outlets.

Officer Jason Moszer, 33, was called to the 300 block of Ninth Avenue North around 7 p.m. Wednesday, KFGO reports, and during a standoff with an armed suspect, Moszer suffered what Police Chief David Todd described as "not a survivable wound," the Forum reports.

He died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, police confirmed to Valley News Live and the Forum.

A candlelight vigil is planned to honor the officer at 7 p.m. in the courtyard of Sanford Medical Center, KFGO's Jim Monk tweeted.

The standoff

The Forum reports the situation "escalated quickly" into a standoff, with an armed suspect in a residence firing shots at officers multiple times. The area was put into lockdown.

A neighbor called police to report an officer down in the alley, Valley News Live reports.

KVRR reports the officer, identified as Moszer, was recovered and brought to Sanford Hospital.

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During an overnight press conference, Police Chief David Todd said Moszer suffered what he described as "not a survivable wound," Forum reports.

"Officer Jason Moszer was struck by gunfire, and right now his family is at the hospital with him saying goodbye," Todd said.

WDAY reports after an eight-hour standoff through the night, the situation was declared resolved around 6:30 a.m. Later Thursday morning, police said the suspect died of gunshot wounds, though it wasn't clear whether they were from officers or self-inflicted.

He was identified later as 49-year-old Marcus Schumacher.

Fund set up for Moszer's family

Moszer is a six-year veteran of the force.

The Fargo Police Department set up a fund for his family at Bell State Bank & Trust – donations can be made at any Bell State bank.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, the only other Fargo Police Officer to die in the line of duty is Frederick Alderman, who was fatally shot on July 5, 1882, while tracking a suspect.

Meanwhile tributes from other law enforcement agencies on social media have poured in.

More on the investigation

During a 10:3o a.m. news conference, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said since it's an officer-involved shooting, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation will take the lead, and receive support from the sheriff's office and other local agencies.

Mark Sayler with the bureau added they will be looking into both the shooting of Moszer, as well as the fatal shooting of the suspect.

Sayler said they hope to complete their investigation within 30 days, at which point the findings will be turned over to the Cass County State's Attorney.

Law enforcement officers are working on closing down the "very large" crime scene, which stretches over multiple blocks, Laney said.

Other details – including how many rounds may have been fired, issues with a robot that was used at the scene, how many officers were on the scene, how the residence may have been barricaded, and more – will not be released until more information has been gathered, according to Laney.

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