Adams County Sheriff's Office investigating alleged arson attempt targeting chief deputy's home

Business owners, neighbors asked to check surveillance footage in the area from that night

Adams Co Sheriff
Adams County Sheriff's Office.
Jason O'Day / The Dickinson Press

HETTINGER, N.D. — The Adams County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into an alleged arson attempt on Friday at the residence of Chief Deputy Jeff Gross in Hettinger.

According to Sheriff Jordan Fisher's departmental Facebook post on Sunday, it is believed that the incident was an intentional act targeting Gross as a law enforcement officer.

Business owners and neighboring residents with doorbell or surveillance cameras that have a view of the street are being asked to review their footage from the night of the incident, which took place between 10 and 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the 300 block of North Main Street.

Any evidence that could be related to the crime should be immediately reported to law enforcement at 701-567-2530. The Sheriff's Office emphasized that all callers' anonymity will be fully respected.

Sheriff Fisher has not provided any further details or comments on the incident, since it remains under investigation. Efforts to reach him for clarification on statements made to other media outlets were unsuccessful.


The incident has raised concerns within the community about the safety of law enforcement officials and their families.

"Despite the extraordinarily strong support for law enforcement here, North Dakota is not immune from intentional targeting of law enforcement officers. Let's spread this message far and wide and bring the coward(s) responsible for this to justice!" the North Dakota Fraternal Order of Police stated in a Facebook post.

Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge. His reporting focuses on Stark County government and surrounding rural communities.
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