Second Fargo apartment gunfight suspect in custody

Authorities had been searching for Oliver Tye for a month. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Oliver Tye

FARGO — A 22-year-old has been captured a month after he was allegedly involved in a shooting that injured one person at a Fargo apartment complex.

The Fargo Police Department said Tuesday, Feb. 23, that officers had apprehended Oliver Tye of Fargo without incident Monday night at the Red Roof Inn in Fargo. He was wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in connection to a Jan. 24 shooting at The Arbors, 704 23rd St. S.

According to court documents:

Jerome Wesseh Koon, 28, Ophelia Quiah and a third person went to the apartment complex. Quiah was carrying a black bag.


Jerome Koon

They were seen on video going in and out of an apartment at 718 23rd St. S. before going to the front of the neighboring apartment at 720 23rd St. S. That’s when three men jumped from a window of the 718 apartment to the ground.

Tye allegedly pointed a pistol at Koon’s group. Koon allegedly grabbed an AR-style semi-automatic rifle from Quiah's bag.

Shots were exchanged, but it’s unclear who fired first. Quiah was injured, and Koon took her to the hospital.

Koon left the hospital before police arrived but was apprehended Jan. 24. In addition to attempted murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, Koon also faces charges of tampering with evidence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A woman who lives in the apartment from where the three men jumped out told police people tried to get into her apartment, court documents said. Those documents did not say why the group was trying to break in.

Jail logs also list charges of refusal to halt, providing false information to law enforcement, domestic violence and driving with a suspended license for Tye. Those charges, with the exception of the domestic violence charge, appeared to have been from open cases filed before the shooting charges.


U.S. Marshals assisted with Tye’s arrest.

"Tye did not appear to have any injuries, and refused to answer questions after being arrested," Jessica Schindeldecker said, adding police are not looking for additional suspects.

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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