Fargo Mayor: Flak jackets saved lives of two officers involved in Friday's fatal shooting

Courtesy: City of Fargo
Courtesy: City of Fargo

(Fargo, ND) -- Additional information is being shared following the death and critical injuries of Fargo officers in a Friday afternoon gunfight

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney revealed several details that were previously unclear about the shooting, but some facts are still hidden as the investigation continues. The mayor says the weapon used by the suspect, 37-year-old Mohamad Barakat, was an automatic style weapon, and the critically injured officers would not be alive today without the Flak Vests the police department uses for protection.

"Had we not had flack jackets that were not made for rifles, those bullets would have went right through them. And then we had firemen on the scene that went immediately to the injured police officers. Had they not done what they were trained to do, I don't think I would have two guys alive today."

Speaking on unverified claims, Mayor Mahoney says many things are either unknown by Fargo city officials or cannot be discussed due to the ongoing nature of the BCI and FBI investigation. However, Mahoney sounded open to the idea of daily press conferences in an attempt to stop "the rumor mill" and put a stop to some pieces of false information circulating the community.

"I'll set up a press conference. I kinda know what you guys want to ask, have the guys get into more detail as you need it." 

Additionally, details on when a funeral for Officer Wallin are likely to come out sometimes Tuesday. The Mayor says the family is still deciding if it will be private or open to the public in Fargo. 

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney joined The Flag's What's On Your Mind to make the comments. 

Original Air Date: 
Monday, July 17, 2023