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Police: Murder victim turned them away moments before shooting, officers were looking for robbery suspect in home

Police say it's unclear if Megan Gustafson knew that Ahmed Abdullahi was wanted for questioning in connection with an armed robbery attempt that morning.

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GRAND FORKS — Ahmed Abdullahi, 26, appeared in court Monday, Sept. 13, to face an upgraded murder charge. He's accused of shooting and killing 28-year-old Megan Gustafson early Sunday morning , moments after police knocked on her door.

"The suspect was said to be at that address," said Lieutenant Jeremy Moe with the Grand Forks Police Department.

Police say they were looking for Abdullahi to see if he was connected to an armed robbery attempt down the street early Saturday morning by the Marathon Gas Station along North Washington Street.

Officers were called to Gustafson's neighborhood shortly before the shooting by a neighbor who was aware of the earlier robbery attempt.

"We were notified there was an individual who was in the area that may have been associated with a robbery," Moe said.

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They say Gustafson was not cooperative with officers when they went to the door to see if Abdullahi was in her home.

"They were met by Ms. Gustafson, and Gustafson told them she did not want to talk with them," Moe said. "Officers respected that, then ended that contact."

As they continued to patrol the area, officers heard an argument between Gustafson and Abdullahi.

"That's when they heard the shot, and then Ms. Gustafson exited the (dwelling)," Moe said.

Police still don't know why Abdullahi was at Gustafson's home or why he allegedly shot her in the neck area.

He's currently on probation for threatening to shoot up Rumors Bar in March. That's why prosecutors asked Abdullahi be held on $500,000 bail.

Police say the gun they believe Abdullahi used to shoot Gustafson was stolen from a car last year.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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