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Potential tragedy averted in shooting at Moorhead apartment, police say

MOORHEAD -- A tense and potentially deadly incident was resolved without injury early Thursday morning, Aug. 25, following a confrontation in a south Moorhead apartment building during which a resident fired a handgun to warn away an intruder, po...

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MOORHEAD -- A tense and potentially deadly incident was resolved without injury early Thursday morning, Aug. 25, following a confrontation in a south Moorhead apartment building during which a resident fired a handgun to warn away an intruder, police say. According to information provided by police Lt. Tory Jacobson: The incident began about 3:50 a.m. when officers were called to an apartment building at 1916 18th Ave. S. on a report of a woman screaming and a male with a gun. Officers were already in the area dealing with a group of intoxicated individuals involved in a disturbance at 1926 18th Ave. S., so it took just moments for them to respond to the building at 1916 18th Ave. S. 5-year-old fighting for life after tragic farm accident Toddler wearing nothing but underwear wanders 2 miles from home Entering the building, they encountered a man pointing a gun in the direction of a different entryway. When officers ordered him to put down his weapon the man immediately did so without turning himself or the gun in the direction of officers, Jacobson said. The man, identified by Jacobson as Ahmed J. Algizawi, 27, told police he and his family were tenants in the building.


Algizawi told police that he was alarmed when someone began rattling the doorknob of his locked apartment door but refused to say who they were. Armed with a handgun, Algizawi said he opened his door and was confronted by an unknown man who did not immediately leave. Algizawi said he fired a warning shot and then pursued the intruder down a hallway of the apartment building while his wife phoned 911. Jacobson said it was at that point that officers arrived on the scene. According to Jacobson, the situation became fraught with potential tragedy the moment Algizawi decided to open his apartment door instead of staying inside and calling 911. He said it was fortunate that Algizawi was pointing his gun in the direction he was when police arrived and that he complied with their commands. Baby going home after spending 300 days in NICU Jamestown police officer 'surprised' sex offender allegedly attacked woman He said that had police encountered Algizawi with his gun raised and pointed in their direction, the story could have ended differently. Jacobson said the same is true with the warning shot that was fired. He said the bullet entered a neighboring apartment unit belonging to a family that happened to be away at the time. “In the end, the message is: this wasn’t the right way to protect yourself,” Jacobson said, adding that that no one was arrested in the incident Thursday morning. Jacobson said the individual who had been trying to get into Algizawi’s apartment, Nur A. Warfa, 31, of Fargo, was highly intoxicated and taken to detox for his own safety. Warfa was among the individuals who were involved in the disturbance at the neighboring apartment building, according to Jacobson, who said reports will be sent to the Clay County Attorney’s Office, which will decide what charges if any may result from the incident.


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