On February 10, 2016 Fargo, N.D. Police Officer Jason Moszer responded to a home where a man was reported to have been in a dispute with family members and was armed. When Officer Moszer who is 33 years old and a six year veteran of the Department arrived on the scene he was shot by the suspect.
Other Officers arrived to provide support and removed the Officer from the scene. His injuries are considered to be non survivable at this point. A S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene and a perimeter was established.
The Suspect engaged the S.W.A.T. team with gunfire and remained in the household as the Local Law Enforcement in the area including State Police and other agencies joined Fargo Police in containing the suspect and locking down the area for citizens safety.
Police Chief David Todd says a S.W.A.T. team entered the Fargo home shortly before dawn Thursday and found the man’s body where he had barricaded himself for about 11 hours.
The man appeared to have died from a gunshot wound but “we don’t know if that was from us engaging him or something self-inflicted,” Todd said. Todd said earlier that the man had exchanged gunfire with a S.W.A.T. officer.
Todd said Moszer is married with two children. He graduated from Fargo South High School in 2001 and from North Dakota State University in 2009.
Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney released the following statement, in response to the morning’s incident:
Early this morning, we were profoundly saddened to learn that a member of the Fargo Police Department was tragically wounded while responding to a reported domestic disturbance in north Fargo. Officer Jason Moszer has served the people of Fargo with honor and distinction for over six years, including earning a Silver Star commendation. Officer Moszer has roots in our community, graduating from Fargo South High School in 2001 and from North Dakota State University in 2009.
A tragedy affecting our men and women in uniform impacts our entire community. Today reminds us of the risks encountered daily by those proudly serving in uniform. We ask the citizens of Fargo to send thoughts and prayers to Officer Moszer and his family during this difficult time, acknowledging appreciation for his years of dedicated public service. We have been in contact with the family of Officer Moszer and offered them our steadfast support. We also stand behind our entire Fargo Police Department family, who are rallying around their brother officer.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office have sectioned off a large area of north Fargo to conduct their investigation. This will impact residents and businesses; please know they are doing everything they can to minimize the disruption, while still ensuring a thorough analysis. We ask for your patience during this process.
The following quote by Helen Keller is appropriate today, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” We remain confident that our community is a safe place for our residents and visitors. While we mourn today’s senseless act of violence, we know that Fargo remains one of the nation’s most secure cities.
The WBL stands with Fargo and holds the family of Officer Moszer in our thoughts and prayers.