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Fargo officer opens fire after fleeing suspect brandishes gun

FARGO -- A fleeing suspect pointed a handgun at a police officer near 14th Street and First Avenue North on Wednesday, Oct. 24, prompting the officer to shoot at the suspect, according to the Fargo Police Department.

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Richard Anthony Torres

FARGO - A fleeing suspect pointed a handgun at a police officer near 14th Street and First Avenue North on Wednesday, Oct. 24, prompting the officer to shoot at the suspect, according to the Fargo Police Department.

The officer came to the area about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to follow up on a report of a stolen bicycle. The officer made contact with Richard Anthony Torres, 32, of Moorhead, who fled on foot, and at some point during the chase, Torres pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officer, police said.

The officer then fired his gun at Torres, and it's unclear whether Torres was shot, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said.

Torres kept fleeing, and another officer eventually apprehended him near the railroad underpass at North University Drive and Main Avenue, police said. Anderson said the second officer used a Taser on the suspect.

Torres was taken to a local hospital and was medically cleared, police said. He was then booked into the Cass County Jail on suspicion of terrorizing.

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Two people at Wolf Steel Construction, a business near the shooting scene, said they heard gunfire. One woman said she heard three shots and someone shout "get on the ground."

No officers were hurt in the incident, Anderson said. The names of the officers involved were not released.

According to Cass County District Court records, Torres was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in two separate cases from 2016 and 2017. The cases also involved possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

As of Wednesday, Torres had an open warrant on a felony charge of methamphetamine possession, court records said.

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Fargo police work the scene at the 1400 block of First Avenue North in downtown Fargo after an incident involving shots fired on Wednesday, Oct. 24. David Samson / Forum News Service

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