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Man killed in Fargo likely involved in drug-related dispute

FARGO — Police believe a 26-year-old man found dead near a Fargo grocery store early Friday was killed in a dispute suspected to be drug-related.

Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes said the man, who has been identified but isn’t being publicly named because his family hasn’t been notified, appears to have been killed by an assault with a sharp or edged weapon.

The victim was found after Fargo police received a call about a disturbance at the store at 12:20 a.m.

A 911 caller described what appeared to be a crash involving two vehicles, which quickly evolved into a disturbance involving the vehicles’ occupants.

When officers arrived, they found one vehicle matching the description in the 911 call in the grocery store parking lot with its tires slashed, Ternes said. No one was in the vehicle.

A second vehicle believed to be involved in the initial disturbance was found just east of the grocery store. Two men in that car were detained for questioning, Ternes said.

Officers found the dead man about 100 yards east of the second vehicle.

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