Official Review: evidence supports shot that killed Schumacher was self-inflicted
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – A review in the investigation of the night of Wednesday, February 10th involving Marcus Schumacher and Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer has been completed by Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick.
The review has concluded that law enforcement fired only two rounds at Marcus Schumacher, both of which wounded him in the arm, but did not kill him, and that those two rounds fired at Schumacher were a legitimate exercise of law enforcement’s function under the circumstances, and no criminal charges are warranted for that exercise.
It has also been concluded that the evidence supports that the shot which killed Schumacher was self-inflicted.
The Summary of Burdick’s review was in regards to the officer-involved shooting occurring at 308 9th Avenue N in Fargo.
Schumacher and his wife had been arguing. Accounts differ whether Schumacher fired a gun at or above the head of his wife or dry fired in her direction and then threatened to shoot her.
Schumacher’s wife and two adult children left the house.
One of the sons called 911. Schumacher called 911, as well.
Police surrounded the house, made sure the neighbors were evacuated, and attempted to resolve the situation peacefully.
During the incident, Schumacher was on the phone with a dispatcher and then Det. Phillip Swan, the “negotiator.”
During the conversation, Schumacher acknowledged that he was unhappy in his marriage, was trying to make a statement (the statement is unknown, other than ‘make the news’), his intent was “to not be good,” that he was into the incident too far to put his gun down and that the night would probably not end well.
He fired many shots out of the house, including during the course of his conversation.
He hit a variety of things including a civilian car, various structures, police vehicles, and also fired in the direction of officers.
Schumacher shot and mortally wounded Fargo Police Officer Jason Moser, who later died at the hospital.
Moszer was providing perimeter protection, behind a garage.
Schumacher, in a seemingly matter-of-fact tone, told the negotiator a police officer “just went down.”
Although Schumacher indicated he did not know an officer was back there, he fired several shots at that same location, hitting the garage door and going into/through the garage wall.
He acknowledged on the phone to shooting Moszer.
He encouraged police to go and get Moszer, telling them he would not fire at them but when they did go get Moszer, officers reported Schumacher shot at the rescue vehicle.
Schumacher remained hidden in the house, police attempted to insert robots and deploy numerous rounds of tear gas.
After Schumacher shot Moszer, Fargo Police Officer Jerrod Wagner, serving as a SWAT sniper, understanding Schumacher was the only one in the house and with a limited view of Schumacher, fired two shots at him.
The two shots wounded Schumacher in the right arm but did not kill him.
Schumacher acknowledged over the phone that he had been hit.
Those shots were the only two shots fired at Schumacher that night.
The timing isn’t known, but at some point evidence indicates Schumacher used a rifle and fatally shot himself in the head.
Burdick concludes that no charges are warranted against Wagner for shooting Schumacher.
All of this information was obtained from the State’s Attorney.
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