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Fargo police officer assaulted Tuesday

Fargo police are asking for the public's help in finding a 45-year-old man who assaulted a police officer Tuesday morning. Mark Eugene Stensgard fled when authorities responded to a domestic disturbance at 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of 10th Aven...

Mark Eugene Stensgard

Fargo police are asking for the public's help in finding a 45-year-old man who assaulted a police officer Tuesday morning.

Mark Eugene Stensgard fled when authorities responded to a domestic disturbance at 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of 10th Avenue North, according to a news release prepared by Sgt. Jeff Skuza.

Stensgard did not surrender when an officer cornered him in the northeast corner of the intersection of Ninth Street and Ninth Avenue North, instead advancing on the officer. The officer deployed his Taser at Stensgard, who went down but became combative when the officer tried to take him into custody, kicking and punching the officer and escaping on foot, Skuza said.

The officer is being examined at a local clinic for injuries as a precaution, but he is not believed to be seriously injured, Skuza said.

Stensgard is described as a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. Authorities are asking for anyone who has seen him to call (701) 241-1405.

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