UPDATED: Man fires at Williston officers, surrenders after being wounded

Investigators remain on scene Thursday, April 18, 2013, following a shooting in Williston, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

WILLISTON, N.D. — A man here fired at Williston police Thursday afternoon but surrendered to the officers after they shot back and wounded him.

Police responded to 407 W. Broadway in Williston after a woman called 911 at 2:34 p.m. to report that a gunshot had been fired in her basement, said Williston Police Chief Jim Lokken.

As police responded, a subject fired at officers, who called for backup and returned fire.

“We surrounded the house and cleared the neighborhood as best as we could,” Lokken said.

Officers made phone contact with the man, who had been wounded, and a detective was able to talk him out of the house, Lokken said. The man was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Williston with two gunshot wounds, Lokken said.

No other injuries were reported.

Officers from the Williston police, Williams County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Highway Patrol
and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene in the residential area near downtown Williston.

The BCI has taken over the case, Lokken said. The man’s name was not released Thursday.

Williston resident Tanner Overland was at his home across the street and a few houses down from where the shooting occurred. He said he heard multiple gunshots and his neighbors were ducking down and hiding.

“It shook the whole house,” Overland said.

Overland, who has lived on West Broadway for two years, said he had never seen the suspect before. Police placed the man, wearing a jean jacket and a DARE shirt, into an ambulance in handcuffs.

The man didn’t appear injured but he had trouble walking, Overland said.

Jason and Kerri Pope, who live down the street, said their 19-year-old daughter was home alone when police told her to leave. The couple returned home to find a trooper on their porch with an AR-15 rifle who told them to either get behind the house or leave, Jason Pope said.

“It’s a little unsettling,” he said. “You really don’t know what to do.”

Their 16-year-old son walks home from school near where the shooting occurred, so they sent the daughter to go pick him up.

“From what I saw, those officers did a really good job of securing the area,” Pope said.

Overland said he was scared when he heard the gunshots but he doesn’t worry about his safety in the community.

“Things are changing but I still feel safe,” Overland said.

 

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