Grand Forks Police officer Cody Holte

Grand Forks Police have identified the individuals involved in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting at an apartment building in the City of Grand Forks.

On Wednesday, at approximately 2:24 p.m., Sergeant Kelly McLean and Corporal Ron Nord responded to 2627 S 17th St #303 to serve a Writ of Restitution as ordered by a Judge. The Writ of Restitution ordered Deputies to remove Salamah Pendleton, Lola Moore, and all possessions any time after May 24 at 11:59 p.m. Uniformed deputies knocked and received no answer at the door. Deputies gained access to the apartment and observed Salamah Pendleton retreat to a bedroom. Deputies gave several commands to Pendleton to come out of the bedroom. Eventually deputies opened the bedroom door. Upon opening the door, deputies were overtaken by heavy gunfire and retreated away from the door. Deputies immediately radioed for assistance and several agencies responded. Corporal Ron Nord was shot in the upper leg and abdomen. He is in stable condition.

The first uniformed Grand Forks Police Department officers arriving on scene were Corporal Patrick Torok and Officer Cody Holte.

Corporal Torok and Officer Holte immediately entered into the apartment, coming to the aid of the deputies under fire.  Gunfire was exchanged in multiple volleys between Pendleton and the officers on scene.   Through the exchanges, Pendleton received several gunfire wounds.  Aid was rendered on scene, and he was transported to Altru for his injuries.  Lola Moore, 61-year-old Grand Forks resident, was killed by gunfire during the course of the incident.  Deputy Ron Nord suffered gunfire wounds, was assisted on scene and transported for medical aid.  Officer Cody Holte suffered multiple gunfire wounds during the incident.  Emergency medical aid was rendered by officers on scene.  Those officers ultimately carried Officer Holte out of the apartment and to the ambulance for transport to Altru, where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Holte leaves behind his wife and infant son.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI) has now taken over the investigation of the incident.

“NDBCI will continue to work with the Grand Forks Police Department, the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, and the Grand Forks County State’s Attorney’s Office on reporting findings and details regarding these active investigations,” NDBCI Director Lonnie Grabowska says. “NDBCI would like to thank the various, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies offering essential support.”

Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Haley Wamstad says charges are expected to be filed in the case in the near future.