FARGO – A benefit account has been set up for the family of the man accused of shooting and killing a police officer here last week.

“The Schumacher family was involved in a tragedy last week and needs assistance,” a group supporting the family said Tuesday in statement.

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Donations to the Schumacher Family Fund can be made at any Alerus Financial location.

Checks can also be sent to the Union of the Sisters of the Presentation, 1101 32nd. Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103. The checks should be made out to Union of the Sister of the Presentation Schumacher Family Fund.

The Schumacher family is also accepting donations in the form of gift cards and nonperishable food. The items can be dropped off at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 901 Broadway, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on other weekdays.

Jen Hoy, a spokeswoman for a group called “A Community in Support of the Schumacher Family,” said Visa gift cards and gift cards to the West Acres mall are preferred.

Hoy said information on how to donate money online will likely come later today.

Fargo Police Chief David Todd on Sunday called on the community to support the family members of Marcus Schumacher, who died last week after shooting and killing police Officer Jason Mozser in north Fargo, according to police.

Police were responding to Schumacher’s residence because of a report of domestic violence.

Donations have poured in for the Moszer family.

Todd said Schumacher’s wife and kids also deserve support.

“I also think of Mrs. Schumacher and her son who desperately called 911 asking for our help and protection from a deranged and dangerous person who was causing them to be in fear of losing their lives,” the chief wrote in a statement. “They were the victims we were initially responding to – in order to protect them from a dangerous armed person.”