Officer-involved shooting reported in western Walsh County
Deputy put on administrative leave
LANKIN – A rural Lankin man is in the hospital and a Walsh County Sheriff’s deputy in on paid administrative leave after a shooting incident that occurred late Tuesday evening in southwestern Walsh County.
According to Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild, his office was dispatched to a farm located west of Lankin and ND Highway 35 on Walsh County Road 15 at 9:48 p.m. Wild described the situation as a “family dispute.”
He said officers were informed that a man had a shotgun and was firing off rounds.
Officers were on the scene for about 20 minutes before there was a confrontation with the suspect.
“They were searching the farm trying to find the guy and he came out of the shadows,” Wild said. “He was ordered to drop the shotgun. It’s my understanding he did not. It appeared he was going to do something with the shotgun, that’s when shots were fired.”
The man who was shot was airlifted to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and is expected to recover from his wounds. The ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is on the scene and the investigation is ongoing. Walsh, Ramsey and Nelson County were on the scene Tuesday. Wild said members of the BCI arrived early today (Wednesday).
Wild said this is the first officer-involved shooting he’s dealt with in his tenure in office. The deputy involved in the shooting is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Wild said that is standard procedure in cases like this.