Grafton police officer, suspect injured in Friday incident


A suspect and police officer are hospitalized after a Friday night officer-involved shooting in the northeast North Dakota city.

Grafton Police say that at just before midnight Friday, officers from the Grafton Police Department, along with a Walsh County Sheriff's Department deputy, were attempting to apprehend a male subject on an outstanding federal warrant.

The suspect, identified by authorities as Ruben J. Cruz, 37, of Bottineau, fled on foot. While fleeing, Cruz fired several rounds at law enforcement officers. Officer Lucas Campoverde was struck in the chest. Officer Casey Jones returned fire and struck Cruz.

Campoverde and the suspect, Cruz, were both transported initially to Unity Medical Center in Grafton, before being transferred to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

Campoverde's medical condition is stable, according to police. Cruz's medical condition is unknown.

Grafton Deputy Police Chief Brian Erovick tells WZFG Radio that the case is still under investigation. As it is an officer-involved shooting, the investigation is being conducted by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.