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Authorities release name of man killed in Mapleton standoff, officers involved in shooting

Andrew James Martinez, 35, died after being shot by four Fargo Police Officers on Monday, Aug. 1, in Mapleton.

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Law enforcement personnel gather at the scene of a shooting involving a suicidal individual in the area of Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue North in Mapleton on Monday, August 1, 2022.
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MAPLETON, N.D. — Authorities have identified the man who was killed by police during a standoff in Mapleton on Monday, Aug. 1, along with the four officers involved.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Andrew James Martinez, 35, died after being shot by four Fargo police officers in Mapleton.

Sergeant Travis Moser, detective Josh Heller, detective Ryan Jasper and investigator Jordan Korte all discharged their weapons at the scene, according to a release from the Fargo Police Department. The officers involved, all veterans of the department, are now on paid administrative leave.

Before the shooting, Cass County deputies responded to a report of shots fired around 10:30 a.m. Monday in Mapleton. Dispatch also received a report of a man suffering from a mental health crisis in that area, according to Sheriff Jesse Jahner.

More shots were heard as officers arrived at the scene, but none were fired at officers, Jahner said.

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The Sheriff’s Office requested backup from police departments in West Fargo and Fargo.

Martinez eventually came out with a gun despite officers demands he come out unarmed, according to authorities. That’s when four officers shot and killed Martinez, Jahner said.

Martinez was provided with life-saving measures, but was pronounced dead at the scene, the report said.

No officers were injured. It’s unclear if Martinez fired his gun after exiting the house.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.

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Sergeant Travis Moser, an eighteen-year veteran with the Fargo Police Department.
Courtesy of the Fargo Police Department
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Detective Josh Heller, a six-year veteran with the Fargo Police Department
Courtesy of the Fargo Police Department
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Investigator Jordan Korte, a four-year veteran with the Fargo Police Department.
Courtesy of the Fargo Police Department
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Detective Ryan Jasper, a six-year veteran with the Fargo Police Department.
Courtesy of the Fargo Police Department

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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