'He just busted the door!': 911 call reveals details of domestic dispute involving Fargo police officer
***Editor's note: The 911 call has been edited to remove the victim's name and the address of the home where the incident occurred.***
MOORHEAD – In a 911 phone call recorded the night a Fargo police officer was involved in an altercation at his Moorhead home, a woman tells a dispatcher the officer grabbed her by the hair and threw her down.
The 911 recording, obtained by The Forum through a public records request, reveals that a few minutes into the call, the woman, who had locked herself in a bedroom, lets out a scream.
“What was that?” the dispatcher asks.
Crying, the woman replies, “He just busted the door!”
The reference was to Jeremiah Ferris, a Fargo police K-9 officer who has been on paid administrative leave since the June 13 incident.
Ferris was charged in Clay County District Court with domestic assault and disorderly conduct.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $385. The domestic assault charges were dropped.
In the 911 call, the woman told the dispatcher that she and Ferris had just returned home from a party when the incident took place.
The woman said both of them had been drinking. “I blew this thing, and I’m a .06,” the woman told the dispatcher, referring to her blood-alcohol level.
The call does not go into details about what led to the altercation, but in interviews with Moorhead police Ferris said the pair argued over allegations of cheating and the situation resulted in a struggle when he grabbed the woman’s phone from her and demanded to know the access code.
During the 911 call, the woman is heard crying and telling Ferris to stay away after he forced his way into the bedroom. Asked how the door was forced open, the woman replied, “He kicked it open.”
The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman until Moorhead officers arrived.
Ferris declined to comment for this story. His attorney, Jade Rosenfeldt, declined to discuss specifics of the case, but said that with cases of alleged domestic abuse there are generally components of he said/she said.
“In this particular case, the resolution that we reached was agreed to by everyone involved, and we thought it was the appropriate resolution based on the evidence,” Rosenfeldt said.
“Jeremiah wants to take responsibility for his role and wants to move forward,” she added.
Fargo Police Chief David Todd said the police department’s internal investigation remains ongoing. Todd said Fargo police are collecting Moorhead police reports on the incident and interviewing Moorhead officers who responded to the June 911 call.
According to Moorhead police records, Ferris told officers the woman fell down after he blocked her efforts to grab her phone back from him.
“When she grabbed her phone, I just protected it and she fell down,” a police report quotes Ferris as saying.
Ferris acknowledged to officers that he pushed the bedroom door open, but he said the damage police observed was caused when he forced the door open years earlier after one of his daughters locked herself inside the room.
The woman who called 911 told officers Ferris “grabbed me down and, like, twisted my neck down and threw me onto the ground. And he was, like, laying on me,” according to a police report.