Dashcam Shows Fargo Officer Shooting Man Armed With BB Gun




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Published on May 18, 2016

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In the early hours of Sept. 28, a man in a parking lot was pointing a BB gun at a Fargo police officer. Yelling at the top of his lungs, the officer repeatedly ordered the man to drop the weapon, to no avail. The encounter ended with the officer, Patrick Thomas, shooting the man with the BB pistol, 31-year-old Karmen Redshirt. Authorities said the pistol had a laser light and looked like a real handgun.

The camera system in Thomas' squad car captured the video that shows the officer pulling into the parking lot of the Pizza Hut at 4701 13th Ave. S., near the Fargo Wal-Mart. Thomas steps out of the car and right away starts shouting at Redshirt, telling him he'll be fired upon if he doesn't drop the gun. The video shows that Thomas spent close to 40 seconds trying to convince Redshirt to drop the gun. Ultimately, Thomas fired three shots. One round hit Redshirt in the abdomen, causing a wound that required surgery and months of recovery.

Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick reviewed an investigation of the shooting done by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and he declined to file criminal charges against Thomas. The Fargo Police Department's internal review of the shooting found that Thomas' use of force was justified. Redshirt's brother, Cody Redshirt, has questioned Thomas' decision to shoot his brother and to fire three rounds.

The shooting came after Redshirt led police on a chase in a stolen car. Redshirt's blood-alcohol level that morning was 0.279 percent, authorities said. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Redshirt, of Bismarck, pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft, reckless endangerment and two counts of terrorizing, as well as a misdemeanor charge of refusing to halt. Redshirt was sentenced last month to four years in prison and three years of supervised probation. He's being held at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

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