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North Dakota police officer killed while serving eviction notice, woman also dead

North Dakota police officer killed while serving eviction notice, woman also dead

WDIO-TV and The Associated Press
Updated: May 28, 2020 05:06 PM

A police officer and a woman were killed, and a sheriff's deputy wounded, when authorities tried to serve an eviction notice on Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Police say 41-year-old Salamah Pendleton opened fire on two Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputies and two police officers who tried to serve the eviction papers. The officer who died, whose name has not been provided, was the first Grand Forks police officer killed in the line of duty since 1966.

61-year-old Lola Moore was also killed by gunfire but police haven't released details about her death. One of the sheriff’s deputies was shot in the leg and abdomen and is in stable condition.

Pendleton was wounded by gunfire during the incident. He has an extensive criminal record that includes charges for interfering with police, fleeing, domestic assault and harassing public officials. 

Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson described the atmosphere at the department as somber and subdued on Tuesday evening.

"Everyone experiences grief in their own way and I think we run the gamut, to be totally honest with you," Nelson said at a news conference.

About 50 first responders paraded through Grand Forks with emergency lights activated to honor the officer on Wednesday night.

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