DASHCAM: Frantic OIS in Fargo

Multiple orders to drop the weapon go unheeded

By Calibre Press  |   May 25, 2016

On Sept. 28, 2015, 31-year-old Karmen Redshirt, high on drugs and with a blood alcohol four times the legal limit led police on a chase in a stolen car. When confronted by Officer Patrick Thomas in a parking lot, Redshirt pulled a BB gun with a laser light and pointed it at the Fargo police officer. Yelling at the top of his lungs, Thomas ordered Redshirt 19 times to drop what he thought was a real gun.

The dashcam in Thomas’ squad car captured the video that shows Thomas spent 40 harrowing seconds attempting to persuade Redshirt to drop the gun. Finally, after being chased around his squad car several times, Thomas fired three shots, one of them striking Redshirt in the abdomen.

Redshirt, of Bismarck, survived after surgery and recently pled guilty to felony charges of theft, reckless endangerment, and two counts of terrorizing, as well as a misdemeanor charge of refusing to halt. He was sentenced to seven years.

An investigation of the shooting done by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, concluded the shooting by Thomas was justified.​

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