FARGO – A benefit account has been set up for the family of the man accused of shooting and killing a police officer here last week.

Fargo Officer Jason Moszer died Thursday after police say he was shot Wednesday night by Marcus Schumacher, 49, who was holed up in his north Fargo home for hours after they responded to his residence on a report of domestic violence.

Donations have poured in for the Moszer family, but Fargo’s police chief has called on the public to also support Schumacher’s wife and kids.

“The Schumacher family was involved in a tragedy last week and needs assistance,” a group supporting the family said Tuesday in statement.

Donations to the Schumacher Family Fund can be made at any Alerus Financial location, as well as online.

Checks can also be sent to the Union of the Sisters of the Presentation, 1101 32nd. Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103. The checks should be made out to Union of the Sister of the Presentation Schumacher Family Fund.

The Schumacher family is also accepting donations in the form of gift cards and nonperishable food. The items can be dropped off at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 901 Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays as well as 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Visa gift cards and gift cards to the West Acres mall are preferred, according to Jen Hoy, a spokeswoman for a group called called A Community in Support of the Schumacher Family.

Schumacher is survived by his wife Michelle and three children.

In a statement Sunday, Fargo Police Chief David Todd called on the community to support the Schumachers.

“I also think of Mrs. Schumacher and her son who desperately called 911 asking for our help and protection from a deranged and dangerous person who was causing them to be in fear of losing their lives,” the chief wrote in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page. “They were the victims we were initially responding to – in order to protect them from a dangerous armed person.”

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