Fargo Police Officer Shoots Van Driver As He Attempts To Flee The Scene

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Fargo, North Dakota — The Fargo Police Department released dashcam and body camera footage from the fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred on Friday, July 8, 2022, which resulted in the death of 28-year-old Shane Netterville. Attorney General Drew Wrigley, announced that the use of force was reasonable and justified under the circumstances in this case. Criminal charges will not be filed as the investigation found that Officer Adam O’Brien’s action were justified by law.

At 8:13 a.m. on July 8, the FPD responded to a call for a possible man down in the 3400 block of 15th Avenue South. The caller stated multiple individuals were slumped over inside a vehicle located in a garage, and that the vehicle had a bullet hole in the windshield. When FPD officers arrived on scene, they located three individuals inside a red 2008 Kia Sedona van with a bullet hold in the windshield. This van was later determined to have been reported as stolen on Tuesday, July 5.

As FPD officers carefully approached the van inside the garage, they gave several clear, verbal commands to Netterville and the two other occupants to keep their hands raised and visible. Netterville, the van’s driver, ignored many of these verbal commands and moved his hands up and down, several times out of view, and started and turned off the vehicle at least two times.

After this, and with the vehicle remaining on, Netterville ignored additional officer commands and quickly accelerated and attempted to flee the scene. Officer O’Brien discharged his firearm once toward the van, striking Netterville. Netterville was transported via ambulance to a local healthcare facility where he later died.

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0:00 – Dashcam: Officer O’Brien
1:23 – Bodycam: Officer O’Brien
3:48 – Bodycam: Officer #2
4:49 – Bodycam: Officer #3

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Author: rafael.nieves


20 thoughts on “Fargo Police Officer Shoots Van Driver As He Attempts To Flee The Scene

  1. Man I really don't know how to feel about this one. They were in no danger of being run over, and if they were, shooting him didn't help. And I don't believe he was pointing a gun at them. I am very pro cop, but that one doesn't feel right. We don't execute people for theft in America.

  2. Taken from the press conference clearing this officer of any wrongdoing:

    Matt Henson, The Forum / WDAY (local media) : You know there’s going to be people that say, “Why not just let the car drive away”. What’s your response to that?

    Drew Wrigley, ND Attorney General: (with NO hesitation) “Why have police officers at all? They responded to the scene of what had been called in as a potential 3 homicide victims in a vehicle with a gunshot in the front windshield.”

    “Law enforcement could walk away from everything. They could walk away from cars speeding through their community, they could walk away from drug dealers, they could walk away from rapists, they could walk away from homicides, they could walk away from arsonists.”

    “This is no different. This is a very serious law enforcement contact with the public. In a matter of heightened scrutiny, because it’s being called in as a homicide, and you find three individuals sitting in a car, exactly where you’re told they were going to be. With what appears to be, and in fact was, a bullet hole in the windshield. And now they’re rooting around in there and you can’t even see the one in the back seat very well.”

    “So what you’re describing is – Could the officers have walked away from it? Sure. And as far as they know, someone who’s committed a homicide, or someone else in the car has been shot, or whatever. They’re just like – go off into the community.”

    “But they are sworn to the opposite. To protect and serve. They are sworn to do exactly the opposite. To engage on behalf of the public. To protect the safety and sanctity of our communities.”

    “I said it. The officers actions were fully justified. They were reasonable under these circumstances, and I’d add to this, very professional, and they were lawful.”

  3. Life is the sum of your choices, and now his 6 feet under for stealing a Kia, what a world we’re living in.😵‍💫
    Sadly the madness will continue…

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