Fargo police find man tied to officer's shooting of van driver

Derek Stanley is expected to be charged with refusal to halt in connection to the incident where Fargo Officer Adam O’Brien fatally shot Shane Netterville, a spokesperson said.

Police vehicles congregate in the 1600 block of 35th Street South in Fargo on July 8, 2022, near where a city police officer fatally shot the driver of a van.
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FARGO — A man believed to be in a van when a Fargo police officer fatally shot the vehicle’s driver last week has been located.

The Fargo Police Department found Derek William Stanley, 31, of Fargo, at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, in north Fargo, the agency said on Twitter. He was detained and transferred to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Derek Stanley.
Surveillance camera image via Fargo Police Department

The BCI is in charge of the investigation into the incident during which Fargo Officer Adam O’Brien shot 28-year-old Shane Netterville of Jamestown.

According to a criminal complaint, police said they were checking on a van parked in an apartment garage at about 8 a.m. Friday at 3401 15th Ave. S. in Fargo after someone reported three dead men were in the vehicle.

As officers tried to make contact with the men, the van, which was reported stolen, drove toward officers, the complaint said. O’Brien, a 11-year veteran with the Fargo Police Department, fired his gun and hit the van’s driver, later identified as Netterville, according to court documents.


Netterville, a Native American man, died Friday at a hospital. O’Brien, a white officer, remains on administrative leave.

Netterville's family and protesters have questioned whether the shooting was justified, and they have called for officer body camera video of the shooting to be released.

North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, who oversees the BCI, declined The Forum's public records request for the video. Wrigley said there is no basis to make an exception in this case, and releasing the video would be inappropriate.

Police claimed Stanley and 25-year-old Cody Kenneth Dunn, of Devils Lake, ran from the van, a criminal complaint alleged. Dunn was quickly found in an apartment laundry room and arrested, according to police.

Dunn faces charges of possessing meth, a felony, and misdemeanor refusal to halt in Cass County District Court.

Stanley is expected to be charged with refusal to halt in connection to the shooting, according to a Fargo spokesperson.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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