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Published November 05, 2013, 10:33 AM

Fargo police arrest man suspected of hitting officer with van

FARGO – Fargo police have arrested a man suspected of running over a police officer with a van Monday night, significantly injuring the Fargo officer.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – Fargo police have arrested a man suspected of running over a police officer with a van Monday night, significantly injuring the Fargo officer.

According to Lt. Joel Vettel:

Officers arrested Jack Christensen, 49, at an apartment in the 1300 block of Eighth Avenue North about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Police had located Christensen there about two hours earlier, and Christensen surrendered following a standoff resolved through negotiations.

Vettel said police believe Christensen was the driver of a van that struck an officer in the parking lot of Busy Bubbles laundry, 2102 12th St. N., about 8 p.m. Monday.

The injured officer was 25-year-old Brent Malone, who started with the Fargo Police Department in July 2012, Vettel said.

Malone was treated at Sanford Medical Center for several hours with what Vettel called a “significant injury” that will require ongoing medical treatment. Vettel didn’t specify what sort of injury Malone sustained. He has since been released from the hospital.

Vettel said Malone had been looking to question Christensen about a disturbance about 1 a.m. Sunday in the same apartment building where Christensen was later arrested.

In the Sunday morning incident, Christensen is suspected of injuring a 20-year-old male with a knife and his fists, according to Vettel, who said the victim in that assault was transported to Sanford Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Monday night incident began after police received a tip that Christensen was at the laundry and an officer approached the van Christensen was sitting in.

Christensen then put the vehicle into gear and accelerated at a high rate of speed, striking the officer, Vettel said.

Vettel said Malone will not immediately return to duty.

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