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At approximately 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2021, West Fargo Police Officers responded to a report of an individual with outstanding warrants in the 800 block of East Beaton Drive. The individual, later identified as Anthony Olson, a 29-year-old male from the Bismarck area, has outstanding warrants for Terrorizing and Interfering with a 9-1-1 call. West Fargo Officers were provided with a description and a photograph of Olson and notified that he may have multiple weapons on him. Upon surveillance of the area, officers received information that Olson had left a hotel and was traveling on foot. When officers encountered Olson, Olson began to not comply with officers’ commands to show his hands. Once Olson showed both hands, he had a brass knuckle knife in one of his hands. Still not complying with demands, West Fargo Officers attempted to use de-escalation tactics to gain compliance from him, which included a Taser and a beanbag style shotgun.
Olson refused to comply after being struck in the leg with the beanbag round and began to flee on foot, while still armed with the knife. Officers pursued Olson, attempting again to tase him, this was ineffective in getting Olson to stop or drop the knife. Olson stopped on 19th Avenue in West Fargo and laid on the ground, at one point rolling over and using the knife in a slashing motion toward one of the officers on scene, telling officers to shoot him. A Taser was again deployed and was effective.
Olson received medical treatment for self-inflicted wounds and then booked into the Cass County Jail. He was booked in on his outstanding warrants, Attempted Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine Paraphernalia, and Preventing Arrest.
No officers were injured in during this incident. The West Fargo Police Department will provide no further comments to this incident.