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911 audio released from Fargo murder last week
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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Riveting audio today from the 911-call made shortly after that Fargo murder one week ago.

The call came in from Christopher Hampton, now behind bars for the murder of his cousin, Randall Doehner.


Phone call: “I need an officer, 111 7th Avenue North.”

Seconds after shots were fired, Christopher Hampton called Fargo's 911. 

Hampton: “My cousin just pulled a gun on me, and I shot him in the back.”

His cousin, Randal Doehner, shot. Randal's girlfriend still inside.

Hampton: “The gun fell on the floor and I picked it up and we fought for it he is on the floor right now the girlfriend his downstairs I am afraid she is going to shoot me they have guns in there.”

The 911 Disptacher kept Hampton on the line, and the entire time, Hampton frantically pleaded he was defending himself.

Hampton: “He pointed the gun at me and said I should have died. And all kinds of *** like that.”

And scared of the girlfriend still inside the duplex.

With police and ambulance on the way, Hampton could be overheard talking with police.

Hampton: “The gun is on the ground, I dropped it, I was scared, I thought she was going to shoot me too.”

Hampton and Doehner were cousins who attended the same high school in rural Tennessee and both later worked at Strom Engineering Corp. in the Twin Cities, before making their way to Fargo to work as replacement workers during the Crystal Sugar lockout.

Two days before the shooting, police accompanied Hampton to Sanford where he was tested for poisoning.

The results showed no signs of poison, and instead, came back positive for amphetamines and THC, the primary ingredient in marijuana, according to a court affidavit.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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