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Published October 01, 2013, 12:19 PM

NDSU police officer involved in accidental shooting resigns

FARGO – A North Dakota State University police officer who was wounded in the arm last month in an accidental shooting at his apartment in Fargo has resigned from the campus police force.

By: Dave Olson, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – A North Dakota State University police officer who was wounded in the arm last month in an accidental shooting at his apartment in Fargo has resigned from the campus police force.

Patrick Thomas submitted his resignation Monday, just as a meeting was getting underway between Thomas and campus officials, according to a written statement released by Ray Boyer, director of the university police and safety office.

According to the statement:

The meeting was intended as an opportunity for Thomas to present information about the shooting and to answer questions from department officials.

Boyer said the department accepted the resignation, which was effective immediately.

Because the accidental discharge of a firearm occurred when Thomas was off duty and because it was investigated by the Fargo Police Department, the campus police department would have no further comment on the incident and university officials consider the matter closed, Boyer said in his statement.

According to Fargo police, the incident happened just before midnight on Sept. 13 in an apartment in the 3500 block of 28th Avenue South.

A bullet from a handgun struck Thomas in the arm before lodging in a wall, police said.

Boyer said Thomas was hired by the university police department in November 2011.

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