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Brother: Man shot by Fargo police badly wounded but expected to live

FARGO - A Bismarck man is expected to survive despite suffering serious injuries when he was shot Monday by a Fargo police officer, the man's brother said.

Karmen Redshirt
Karmen Redshirt

FARGO – A Bismarck man is expected to survive despite suffering serious injuries when he was shot Monday by a Fargo police officer, the man's brother said.

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"They said the condition is stable. He's breathing on his own," Cody Redshirt said Wednesday, referring to his brother, 31-year-old Karmen Redshirt.

Cody Redshirt, who lives in Bottineau, said he doesn't know how many times his brother was shot, but that he has injuries to his abdomen and side that affect his stomach, bladder and colon.

"He's not eating food yet," Cody Redshirt said. "I'm thinking he has a feeding tube."


Cody Redshirt said his family has not yet been able to see his brother, who's in the intensive care unit at Essentia Health. Cass County sheriff's deputies are guarding Karmen Redshirt's hospital room because he faces felony charges and he's not well enough to be jailed.

Capt. Andrew Frobig, administrator of the Cass County Jail, said he updated Karmen Redshirt's mother on her son's condition Wednesday. Jail officials are trying to make arrangements so that she can soon visit her son in the hospital, Frobig said.

Cody Redshirt said he tried to visit his brother Tuesday but that he was escorted away from his brother's hospital room. Frobig said when a patient is in the custody of the Sheriff's Department, visitors are generally not allowed because of security reasons.

"There's always a risk somebody is trying to bust him out" or harm him or a deputy, the captain said.

Frobig said he expects that Karmen Redshirt, who's conscious and able to communicate, will be transferred from the hospital to the jail in the near future. "Things are looking positive," Frobig said.

Cody Redshirt said he does not know if his brother will make a full recovery or if his injuries will be life-altering. He anticipates his brother, who's already undergone surgery, will need more surgery as well as physical therapy.

On Monday at the end of a stolen car chase, Karmen Redshirt pointed a gun at Officer Patrick Thomas in a parking lot at 4701 13th Ave. S. and ignored orders to drop the weapon, according to court documents.

The officer fired three rounds at Redshirt, hitting him at least once, court documents stated.


Police said they later learned Redshirt's gun was a BB pistol. The shooting is still under investigation.

Cody Redshirt questioned the officer's decision to shoot his brother and to fire multiple rounds. "That cop had no right to fire three rounds," Cody Redshirt said.

Karmen Redshirt was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with four felonies: reckless endangerment, theft and two counts of terrorizing. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of refusing to halt.

Karmen Redshirt
Karmen Redshirt

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