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Police: 31-year-old man shot after aiming BB gun at officers

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Fargo police shot a 31-year-old man authorities say pointed a BB gun at an officer Monday morning.

In a press conference, the Fargo Police Department said the shooting happened in a Pizza Hut parking lot after a late-night car chase.

According to police:

Fargo PD received a call about a 2000 Dodge Stratus driving the wrong way on 13th Avenue South around 3 a.m.

This was the same car – believed to have been stolen earlier this month – that had been involved in a high-speed pursuit earlier in the night. By the time the Fargo officers were on the scene, the car's occupants, a man and a woman, had fled the vehicle.

When one of the officers tracked the male down to the Pizza Hut parking lot and confronted him, the suspected "circled" him around his squad car with "what appeared to be a real gun with a laser pointer."

The officer fired on the man when the suspect pointed the weapon at him. Police believe he squeezed off three shots.

The suspect was hit and taken to Essentia Hospital. His identity and current condition haven't been released.

Meanwhile, police units were also able to apprehend the man's female companion, a 31-year-old North Dakota resident who is now facing charges in the incident, according to the press conference.

Because it involved a Fargo police officer, the Fargo PD has asked the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation to conduct a probe into the shooting "to avoid a conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety."

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