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Grand Forks police officer who died in gunfire identified as Cody Holte

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Cody Holte
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The Grand Forks Police Department has confirmed that Officer Cody Holte, 29, died from injuries sustained in a May 27 shootout in Grand Forks.

Holte, a Hendrum, Minn., native, is survived by his wife of four years and a 10-month-old son. According to a wedding notice published in the Herald in 2016, Holte is a 2010 graduate of Norman County West High School and a 2015 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with degrees in criminal justice and military service. He also was a member of the North Dakota National Guard.

Holte was one of two people to die in a gunfire exchange Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks, which was initiated when Grand Forks County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice to the tenant of 1267 S. 17th St. #303.

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Around 2:30 p.m., Salamah Pendleton, 41, open fired on the officers “unexpectedly” from within the apartment, according to police. One GFSO deputy suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition. Holte died from his injuries. Pendleton suffered gunshot wounds and was transported to Altru Hospital. A civilian woman who was also inside the apartment at the time died from fatal gunshot wounds, police said.

Police Chief Mark Nelson said in a Wednesday night press conference that in total, two GFPD officers, two GFSO deputies and two civilians were in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

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One officer carries a rosary as three Grand Forks police officers pause briefly outside an apartment complex where two of their own were shot while attempting to serve papers on Wednesday, May 27. The apparent gunman was also shot and wounded in the incident, and a female was found deceased in the apartment. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

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