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Officers shoot, kill fugitive after standoff in western North Dakota

Dakota Lee Chlarson, 25, was shot by law enforcement officers after authorities say he charged at them with a scissors at a residence just north of downtown Dickinson.

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(Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
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DICKINSON, N.D. -- A fugitive from Idaho was killed after a standoff with law enforcement in Dickinson about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Dakota Lee Chlarson, 25, was shot by law enforcement officers after authorities say he charged at them with a scissors at a residence just north of downtown Dickinson.

“The officers negotiated with Chlarson for several minutes attempting to get him to surrender,” Dan Orr, acting U.S. marshal for the District of North Dakota, said. “Officers then attempted to use less-than-lethal devices to gain Chlarson’s compliance, but those attempts were unsuccessful.”

According to Orr, Chlarson eventually charged at the officers with scissors and officers were forced to act to protect themselves. Chlarson was given emergency medical treatment on scene, but did not survive.

According to authorities, no officers were injured and the scene was secured and investigators called. Two Bismarck police officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service’s High Plains Fugitive Task Force will be on standard administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.

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Chlarson was sought by the task force based on an active warrant from Idaho charging Chlarson with armed robbery, but records indicate that he had an extensive criminal history in Idaho.

Responding officers were notified that Chlarson may be armed and dangerous, so an arrest plan was prepared that included assistance from Dickinson Police Department.

When the task force officers entered the apartment where Chlarson was located, a standoff ensued, culminating in Chlarson being shot.

Responding investigators from The North Dakota Bureau of Investigation have assumed the role of lead agency in charge of investigating the incident.

Chlarson became a fugitive after he failed to appear for sentencing in April 2019.

U.S. Marshal Dallas Carlson said, “This incident is a reminder that the work of our task force officers is dangerous business. I’m very thankful that no officers were hurt. It’s unfortunate any time there is a loss of human life, so please keep in mind the family of Mr. Chlarson is hurting today.”

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