FARGO – The investigation into a standoff and shooting in Fargo on Wednesday night that left the suspect dead and a police officer mortally wounded is expected to take weeks to complete. Officials released few details Thursday, but a sense of the event can be drawn from information gleaned by Forum employees who monitored police radio traffic, as well as from observations provided by witnesses in the neighborhood involved.
The following timeline is an approximation based on details culled from all of those sources:
7:02 P.M. – Dispatchers begin a call response for what authorities later describe as a domestic disturbance at 308 9th Ave. N. It is believed that at some point the suspect called 911 and told dispatchers neighboring homes should be evacuated. Police establish a perimeter around the home and someone inside begins firing on officers.
7:25 P.M. – Officers block off streets immediately around 300 block of Ninth Avenue North
7:40 P.M. – Police tape goes up; dispatch asks media and public to stay out of area.
7:43 P.M. – A posting is made to the Facebook timeline of Marcus Schumacher, who is later identified as the suspect. It reads:“Well it finally happened. Mom I should have listened to you. You were right. I love my facebook family. Loved knowing my extended family. Love everyone”
8:27 P.M. – More units are called in; K-9 units brought up to front.
8:50 P.M. – SWAT team is called in.
9:03 P.M. – Alert goes out to neighbors telling them to go to their basements, an armed man is in his home and has fired on police.
9:07 P.M. – Witnesses in the area hear gunfire. At least four rounds fired.
9:26 P.M. – BearCat armored vehicle pulls up to west side of house.
9:26 P.M. – “Officer down” is heard over the police radio. It is during this time that callers indicate to law enforcement that a man can be seen lying in an alley near the suspect’s home. One transmission stated: “I’m not getting 43 on the radio.”
9:34 P.M. – Nearby neighbors begin to be evacuated.
9:43 P.M. – Radio traffic indicates police can’t figure out where suspect is shooting from.
10:07 P.M. – About five gunshots per minute are heard.
10:15 P.M. – Police say they are ready to launch gas and talk about the K-9 unit assisting.
10:36 P.M. – Police indicate the suspect is not answering them anymore.
10:39 P.M. – More shots/gas fired.
10:46 P.M. – “Other than coughing in the background we don’t hear anything,” is heard over the radio. Later it is stated that glass in the room was breaking, most likely from gas canisters launched into the house.
11:31 P.M. – Police going door to door to check on neighbors, telling everyone to stay in basement.
1:39 A.M. – BearCat used to ram west side of house.
2:00 A.M. – Attempt is made to deploy robot.
2:42 A.M. – Second robot deployed.
4:58 A.M. – “We finally got robot inside” heard over scanner.
6:20 A.M. – All-clear given.
7:30 A.M. – Fargo police hold news conference. Police Chief David Todd reports that the suspected shooter is dead. Details as to how the suspect died are not provided. Todd also reports that officer Jason Moszer, a six-year veteran with the department, was wounded in the standoff and is not expected to live.
10:30 A.M. – Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney holds a news conference. He says the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation would be conducting the investigation into both the shooting of officer Moszer and the death of the person suspected to be responsible for the shooting. Laney calls it an “ugly day” and says many people are hurting. He also talks about the BearCat armored vehicle authorities used during the standoff and says had it not been there, “We would have had a lot more cops wounded or killed. We would have been in very dire straights.”
12:45 P.M. - Fargo police announce that officer Jason Moszer died of a single gunshot wound that he had received Wednesday evening during the standoff.
1 P.M. – Authorities identify the deceased suspect as Marcus Schumacher, 49.
3 P.M. - The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation allows all residents to return to their homes in the neighborhood where the standoff and shooting took place.
Forum Deputy Editor Heidi Shaffer, news designer Michael Smith and reports Rick Abbott and Josh Francis contributed to this report.