FARGO-The Grand Forks Police Department traveled to Fargo to assist police in a fatal officer-involved shooting Wednesday night, a spokesman said.
Grand Forks police responded to 308 Ninth Ave. N., where police say a man holed up in a residency fired bursts of bullets at officers during an overnight standoff. Fargo Officer Jason Moszer, 33, died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday after being shot by the suspect police identified as Marcus Schumacher of Fargo.
Schumacher, 49, also died during the standoff, though police did not immediately release how.
"Our Police Department has a strong connection with the Fargo Police Department and has reached out letting them know we stand ready to assist and support," Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown said in a statement Thursday.
While Cass County and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation are the entities investigating the shooting, Grand Forks police sent specialized officers to Fargo after police there asked for assistance, Lt. Derik Zimmel said.
The Grand Forks SWAT and bomb teams, particularly one of the SWAT team's vehicles, responded to the standoff Wednesday night, Zimmel said.
Fargo police also asked for the help of Grand Forks' unmanned aerial system team to assist with videographing the overall crime scene.
But by Thursday evening, all Grand Forks police had returned from Fargo, Zimmel said.
The Grand Forks Police Department posted the message on its department's Facebook account Thursday offering thoughts and prayers to the Fargo Police Department, Moszer's family and friends and the entire Fargo community.
"Hold that line and honor his memory. RIP Jason Moszer, we have it from here," the post stated.
Other police departments in North Dakota and Minnesota, including the UND and East Grand Forks police departments, posted similar messages on their Facebook account.
Brown noted in his statement that Grand Forks stands "in solidarity with the people of Fargo and especially the Police Department."
"The men and women who serve as police officers do so with great pride but also great risks," Brown wrote. "Events like today remind us to never take for granted their service and to appreciate their work to keep us safe."