FARGO — Fargo police clarify why it took an extra day to issue a warrant for an attempted murder arrest that happened over Halloween weekend.
Police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said officers were required to speak with the Cass County State's Attorney's Office to ensure they had probable cause to issue the warrant for 23-year-old Nathanael Benton of Fargo, after police said he shot a man in the head.
She said a tough part about a search like this is figuring out whether a suspect is still a threat to the public.
"Oftentimes, when an individual knows that we know, and we're looking for them, sometimes it causes them to do things they typically wouldn't do," Schindeldecker said.
Police said Benton is still considered armed and dangerous, making him a threat to the public, but Schindeldecker believes any kind of help to find him will be appreciated, as long as people don't confront him.
"(The public) helps wrap up an investigation, so the faster we can get this person into custody, the less likely there is going to be any harm to them or anyone else in our community," she said.
Schindeldecker also adds the flow of information during an investigation is always fluid, so things can change in a heartbeat when it comes to issuing a warrant.
Benton has been convicted for one other felony charge for gross sexual imposition back in 2016, and he was sentenced to four years in prison and five years of supervised probation.