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Fargo man charged after bullet lands near sleeping family's heads

FARGO - A Fargo man is facing felony charges after allegedly firing a gunshot into a neighbor's apartment where the bullet landed in a bed next to the heads of a mother and her two children.Aaron Lee Fairbanks, 45, was charged with unlawful posse...

Aaron Fairbanks
Aaron Fairbanks

FARGO - A Fargo man is facing felony charges after allegedly firing a gunshot into a neighbor's apartment where the bullet landed in a bed next to the heads of a mother and her two children.

Aaron Lee Fairbanks, 45, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and preventing arrest, according to documents filed Tuesday, April 25, in Cass County District Court.

The mother told police she and her children were sleeping in the same bed when they heard a loud bang. A bullet then came through the ceiling and landed on the bed by their heads, court documents stated. No injuries were reported.

This happened about 12:30 a.m. Monday, April 24, and the mother took her kids out of the bedroom. She waited until later that morning to tell the building manager about the incident, court documents said.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, police were called to the apartment building at 3510 28th St. S. in Fargo. Two officers went to the apartment above the mother's unit, and they found Fairbanks lying on a couch, court documents stated.

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Fairbanks reportedly told the officers he had no idea why police were there. The officers found a spent shell casing on the floor, and while detaining Fairbanks they discovered he had been sitting on a loaded pistol, court documents stated.

Fairbanks fought with the officers who eventually handcuffed him. Police learned that he had a prior felony and should not have had a gun, court documents stated.

Fairbanks was booked into the Cass County Jail where he posted $5,000 to be released Tuesday. A message left for Fairbanks' public defender, Monty Mertz, was not immediately returned.

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