Fargo gunman shoots at officers and into hotel; officer injured by accidental firing

Fargo gunman shoots at officers and into hotel; officer injured by accidental firing


FARGO — One man is in custody after police say he fired at officers and then into a front window of the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo early Friday.

After receiving a report of a man with a gun at about 4 a.m., officers arriving at the scene saw a green laser being pointed in all directions. Officers then saw a man holding a gun with a laser outside the front entrance of the hotel.

"The male fired one shot towards officers, and then turned and fired additional shots into the Radisson lobby through the glass window next to the front doors," Fargo Police Chief David Todd said during a 9 a.m. news conference, adding that the glass of the front window was shattered.

Todd said the man then went into the hotel lobby. Police followed him inside and took the man down at gunpoint.

The man, identified as 54-year-old Henry Aiken of Fargo, was taken into custody, Todd said, adding that it appeared he was confused and in crisis.

Aiken, who Todd said has a history with police, was carrying a revolver. Officers took Aiken to a hospital to be checked out, and officers later transferred him to the Cass County Jail. He is expected to face a charge of aggravated reckless endangerment, according to Todd.

A check of North Dakota court records shows that Aiken was convicted of three felony charges in Williams County in 2015, stemming from a shooting at the Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston.

While police were setting up a perimeter around the scene and shots were being fired, one officer was injured when his rifle accidentally discharged, striking his hand.

Todd said the injury to Sgt. Matt Ysteboe is serious but not life-threatening. Ysteboe was being treated for his wound at Sanford Medical Center, the chief said.

Ysteboe has been with the department since December 2001 and served as a detective for a number of years before being promoted to sergeant in 2016. He's currently a patrol supervisor on the night shift.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife as he goes through the medical procedures necessary to repair his hand," Todd said.

As of late Friday morning, officers were still downtown working the scene of the shooting at the Radisson.

Todd said it appeared that before the shooting, Aiken may have been the driver of a vehicle that ran into the front of the downtown Gate City Bank building.

Todd said when the shooting began at the Radisson, a number of people inside the hotel locked themselves in an office and were not injured. Police believe they have accounted for all of the bullets fired during the incident, adding that bullets that went through the front window at the hotel lodged in the steps of a stairway, the chief said.


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