Man shot by police and later charged with attempting to stab an officer pleads guilty
FARGO — A man who was shot by a Fargo police officer after allegedly threatening officers with a knife and later charged with two felonies, entered guilty pleas in Cass County District Court Thursday, July 26.
Orlando Estrada, 28, of Fargo, entered an Alford plea to attempted aggravated assault on a peace officer with a dangerous weapon. With an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't necessarily agree an accusation is valid but concedes a jury might find him guilty based on the evidence. Estrada also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of violating an order prohibiting contact related to a previous case.
A charge of terrorizing with a dangerous weapon was dismissed.
Estrada was sentenced to four years on the attempted aggravated assault count, followed by two years of probation. He's also given a 360-day concurrent sentence on the misdemeanor charge.
Estrada was given credit for 127 days served.
He was arrested March 21 after officers responded to a south Fargo apartment for a domestic disturbance call.
According to court records:
Officers checked for previous calls for service and found several domestic disturbances involving Estrada and a woman known to him. The woman had an active order prohibiting contact between Estrada and herself.
Officers were able to get the woman and a child she was with outside the apartment. The woman had a fresh cut on her forehead but she would not say who did it, court documents indicated.
After officers asked Estrada to exit the apartment, Estrada opened the door with a large knife held above his head positioned for a downward stabbing motion.
An officer fired rounds through the door Estrada was closing and Estrada was struck by at least one.
Estrada's attorney, Carey Ann Goetz, declined to comment on the case Thursday.