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

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 fa...
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.