Jake Wallin Obituary, Death Cause – We know that we are joined by our metro community in this process and that brings comfort to all of us. Our hearts are heavy, but I can assure you that we never take your support for granted; we can profoundly feel the fabric of this community in your actions, words of encouragement and acts of kindness. Together, we are and will remain the guardians of our Fargo community.” Zibolski says Fargo Police officers were investigating routine traffic accident on 25th Street and 9th Avenue South when the suspect, 37-year-old Mohamed Barakat, started firing at officers. Three of the officers were shot, including Jake Wallin, Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes.
Shots were also fired at firefighters responding to the crash and, fortunately, none of them were hit. Zibolski says a Fargo Fire truck was hit by gunfire during the shootout. A 25-year-old woman from Fargo was also shot on Friday, July 14. She was transported from the scene to a local healthcare facility with serious injuries. Fargo Police Officer Zachary Robinson, a seven-year FPD team member, shot and killed the suspect. Robinson was serving as Wallin’s Training Officer at the time.
Robinson has been placed on paid administrative leave while the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI) conducts an investigation into the use of force. The Fargo Police Department’s standard operating procedure is to place officers involved in officer-involved shootings on administrative leave until the investigation into the use of force has been completed. Police are not able to provide many details related to but Police Chief Dave Zibolski thanked the partner agencies for helping Fargo Police on the scene and for supporting their department.
Another hero dead. This time in North Dakota. @FargoPolice Officer Jake Wallin, 23, was shot and killed simply responding to a motor vehicle accident. Again, we ask, where is the nationwide anger and outrage when a police officer is senselessly murdered? Fargo Police say Officer Jake Wallin was killed in the line of duty on Friday, July 14. The 23-year-old was sworn in to the Fargo Police Department less than 3 months ago. He is a military veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. When sworn in, Chief Dave Zibolski says Wallin wanted nothing more than to serve in a position with purpose and meaning, and to truly make a difference in this community.
Wallin is a native of St. Michael, Minnesota, a graduate of Alexandria Technical and Community College and an attendee of the American Military University. He served in the Minnesota Army National Guard and had professional experience in the security sector. Jake was a graduate of Fargo Police Academy IV and became an FPD Officer on April 19, 2023. On that day, he was sworn into law enforcement by Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski and his badge was pinned onto him by his father, Jeff. Jake was in field training with the FPD at the time of his death.
“We lost a good member of our department and good member of our family,” said Police Chief Dave Zibolski. “The events of the last 24 hours have been among the most difficult in our department’s nearly 150-year history. This was a heinous and unthinkable act of aggression against our officers and the entire metro community. As we all try to comprehend what has transpired and mourn the impact on our team and the entire community, we are bracing for extremely difficult days ahead.