FARGO — A Fargo woman accused of shooting a man twice in the back told police the man threatened her life and tried to assault her after she climbed through his bedroom window to confront him about cheating on her, court documents said.
Prosecutors charged Ellen Klaypenh, 40, on Friday, March 27, with a Class A felony of attempted murder in Cass County District Court. She was arrested Friday morning in connection with a shooting that unfolded Thursday night at 1532 27th Ave. S. in Fargo.
Officers responded about 8 p.m. to the apartment building near Brunsdale Baseball Park in south Fargo to a report of an injured man, Fargo police said. Marcus Kpakilah, 33, of Fargo said Klaypenh shot him twice while he was washing his hands at the sink, according to court documents. He was taken to a hospital.
Police noted Kpakilah was shot in the upper back and the back of his neck, court documents said. His condition was unknown as of Friday afternoon, but he is expected to survive, police said.
According to court documents:
Klaypenh told police she had been dating Kpakilah for six months and knew he was dating other women.
Klaypenh then told officers she had caught Kpakilah lying about being at home — she found out he was with another woman. He kept convincing Klaypenh to give him money, and it “pushed her over her limits,” she said.
She went to Kpakilah’s apartment with a handgun, climbed through his bedroom window and waited for him to return home so she could confront him about the women and getting her money back.
When Klaypenh demanded he give her all of her money, Kpakilah said “he was going to kill her then kill himself,” according to court documents.
She told police she shot Kpakilah twice as he came toward her, court documents said. Klaypenh also told a witness Kpakilah tried to assault her, according to the complaint. Kpakilah has not been charged in relation to this case.
Court records did not list an attorney for Klaypenh. She was being held Friday at the Cass County Jail.