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Death threat, gunshot in south Fargo home lead to terrorizing charge

Justin Dietrich

FARGO — A man faces a felony terrorizing charge in a case that court papers say involved drinking, a death threat, a tussle over a gun and a round fired inside a home.

Justin Lee Dietrich, 32, is accused of threatening to kill his father at his father's south Fargo home.

According to documents filed in Cass County District Court on Friday, Nov. 24:

Dietrich's father told police that his son and a woman showed up at his home on Oct. 23.

The father knew his son had an arrest warrant and decided to get his son "passed-out drunk" and then call police to arrest him.

While drinking, the two argued and Dietrich "flipped out" and said he would kill his father.

The father said he ran upstairs and retrieved his handgun, loaded a round into the chamber, and pointed the weapon at his son. Dietrich grabbed the gun barrel and twisted it away. As he did so, a round was fired into a piece of furniture and the floor.

The father said he again pointed the gun at his son and recocked it, while Dietrich said, "Come on shoot me dad — shoot me — I don't care anymore!"

At that point, the woman came up from the basement, and she and Dietrich left the house.

Later that night, Dietrich returned to his father's home, where he was arrested on the outstanding warrant, court documents said.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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