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Fargo Police Department identifies victim, officer involved in fatal shooting

28-year-old Shane Netterville was shot by officer Adam O'Brien Friday, July 8. Netterville died in a local hospital hours later.

Officer Adam O'Brien, an 11-year veteran of the Fargo Police Department, shot 28-year-old Shane Netterville Friday morning, July 9, 2022, officials said. Netterville died hours later at a local hospital.
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FARGO — The Fargo Police Department has identified the victim and officer involved in a fatal shooting Friday morning, July 8.

The deceased was identified as Shane Netterville, a 28-year-old Native American man who was last known to reside in Jamestown. The officer who shot Netterville was Adam O’Brien, an 11-year veteran of the department.

The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital Friday morning. Police said he died that afternoon. None of the officers involved were seriously injured.

Netterville was shot Friday morning after police were called to the 3400 block of 15th Avenue South to investigate a report of individuals slumped over inside a vehicle in a garage. At a press conference Friday afternoon, Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski said the windshield had a bullet hole in it.

Officers arrived to the scene approximately six minutes after the initial call and encountered a van in the garage with three people inside, Zibolski said. The van then accelerated quickly and fled the garage, he said. At that point, O'Brien fired toward the van, striking Netterville.

Netterville ultimately died Friday afternoon at a hospital.


After Netterville was shot, the van stopped and the two passengers fled on foot. Cody Dunn, 25, was quickly apprehended and charged with refusal to halt and possession of a controlled substance, Zibolski said.

As of Saturday afternoon, police were still searching for the second passenger. Police have identified him as Derek Stanley. He is described between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11 tall with short hair and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and jeans.

Those with information are asked to call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center's non-emergency line at 701-451-7660 or text a tip with keyword FARGOPD to 847411.

Fargo police said on Friday, July 8, 2022, that they were looking for help from the public in identifying the individual in this photograph, who they said was wanted in connection with a police-involved shooting Friday morning in Fargo. They later identified the man as Derek Stanley.
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Zibolski told reporters Friday afternoon that he did not know how O'Brien interacted with the van or if he feared the van would attempt to run him over. Body camera footage captured the shooting, Zibolski noted, however it is not known when that footage will be made public.

No weapons were recovered from the van, Zibolski said.

O'Brien was placed on paid administrative leave immediately following the shooting while the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation looks into the shooting. The department noted via press release Saturday evening that its policy is to place officers on paid administrative leave while use of force investigations take place.

North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said the shooting of Andrew Martinez was justified, meaning officers won't face criminal charges. The Martinez family asked law enforcement to reevaluate how they respond to a mental health crisis.
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As officers tried to contact the men in the van, the van “began to flee directly towards officers,” court documents said. One of the officers, Adam O’Brien, fired his gun at the van and hit the driver, Shane Nettervile, according to Chief David Zibolski.
The person who was shot was taken to a local hospital, police said, but their condition was unknown.
Affidavits filed by law enforcement officials seeking search warrants in the investigation into a robbery and assault incident targeting Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney's son give a clearer picture of the incident.
After a October 2021 robbery incident, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney contacted police detectives, presuming to tell them not to follow a particular line of inquiry, and casting himself as part of the investigatory team. Mahoney says his son was a victim in the robbery.

According to the department, Friday's shooting was the first since the department began using body cameras in the latter half of 2021.

The last time a Fargo police officer shot at someone was in 2018, when officer Cory Luckow shot at Richard Anthony Torres. Torres was not shot and was eventually apprehended by another officer.

Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at InForum.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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