A federal grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old Grand Forks man on charges of illegal possession of a firearm.
Aaron Smith was arraigned Monday, Nov. 16, in federal court.
According to court documents, Smith was walking along the Grand Forks Greenway at 3:30 a.m. Sept. 15, after the Greenways' 2:30 a.m. curfew. Grand Forks Police Officer Matthew Kippley, who was patrolling the area, saw Smith, identified himself as police and told him to stop.
Documents say Smith did not stop. When Kippley caught up to him and identified him, he learned through dispatch that Kippley had a number of active warrants for his arrest.
When Kippley informed Smith that he was under arrest, court documents allege that Smith attempted to run away, and Kippley grabbed his arm. Documents say that Smith began digging in his pocket, and Kippley took him to the ground. During the struggle, Kippley said he heard Smith's shoulder "pop," after which Smith complied.
A search of Smith's person yielded two knives, a Sig Saur .22 caliber pistol, two pistol magazines loaded with .22 caliber ammunition and three marijuana joints, documents state.
After being cleared by Altru paramedics, Smith was transported to Grand Forks County Correctional Center.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney's office announcing Smith's indictment noted that he has multiple prior convictions in North Dakota and Minnesota. Court documents show that he was most recently convicted of fleeing a police officer in Polk County in 2019 and attempt to commit aggravated assault and simple assault in 2018.
Smith has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The incident is being investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Grand Forks Police Department.