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Man charged in police-involved shooting; Fargo officer identified

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FARGO — Authorities here have charged a man after he reportedly pointed a gun at a police officer during a pursuit that took place Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The man, later identified as 32-year-old Richard Anthony Torres, is charged with one count of terrorizing and one count of carrying a concealed weapon, according to court documents filed Friday, Oct. 26, in Cass County District Court.

Cory Luckow was identified as the officer involved in the shooting, according to a Fargo police news release.

About 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Officer Luckow came to the 100 Block of 14th Street North to follow up on a report of stolen property and made contact with Torres, court records show.

Torres fled and Luckow pursued on foot, according to court records.

Torres pulled out a handgun during the chase and pointed it at Luckow, prompting him to shoot at Torres, court records said.


No rounds struck Torres, court documents said.

Torres was apprehended and Tased by another officer under the bridge at University Drive near Northern Pacific Avenue, court records show.

A gun was found in the middle of the street in the 1300 block of First Avenue North, said Joe Anderson, Fargo deputy police chief.

Luckow was placed on paid administrative leave and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an investigation of the shooting, police said.

In addition, Anderson said the police department will conduct its own internal investigation into the incident.

Torres was arraigned Friday, Oct. 26, and his bail was set at more than $50,000.

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