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West Fargo Police Department Officer Tim Brown suffered a heart attack on the morning of Oct. 31, 2021, while booking two females with felony warrants for an aggravated assault into the Cass County Jail. Officer Brown arrived at the Cass County jail and collapsed, becoming unresponsive. Cass County Sheriff’s office staff began life-saving measures with CPR and a defibrillator and called 911. The Fargo Fire Department, Fargo Police Department, and Sanford Ambulance Service responded to the jail to assist. Officer Brown was then transported to a local hospital and remains in the Intensive Care Unit.
Before collapsing, Officer Brown was responding to a report of two women at 1400 block of 16th Street E. who had felony warrants out for their arrest stemming from a violent assault that occurred in Fargo on Oct.18, 2021. Officer Brown confirmed with the security guard that at least one female was present in the building and observed that a window to the apartment was open to make a positive identification. Both females were arrested; however, one female resisted arrest and had to be physically moved and placed into the squad car by Officer Brown.
Officer Brown began with the West Fargo Police Department on Jan. 18, 2021, and was sworn into the department Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Before his time with the West Fargo Police Department, Officer Brown had been with the Memphis Police Department since March 2017. Officer Brown also served in the United States Army for four years as an active-duty combat medic.
The department’s thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer Tim Brown. The West Fargo Police Department would like to thank the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Fargo Fire Department, Fargo Police Department, and Sanford Ambulance for their response and lifesaving efforts. The West Fargo Police Department received assistance with calls for service from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Fargo Police Department during this devastating event.
First, the Cass County Sheriff's Office would like to start by expressing both my and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office prayers for the family of Officer Brown. I would also ask that everyone keeps the West Fargo Police Department and our Office in their prayers over the next couple of days.
Around 12:50 a.m. on today's date, Officer Tim Brown a West Fargo Police Officer arrived at the Cass County Jail with two females who had been arrested. While completing the Intake paperwork and booking process in the officer vestibule booking area, Officer Brown collapsed onto the booking room floor. Deputies who were in or near the booking area at the time, responded immediately, finding Officer Brown to be unresponsive. Deputies called 911 and began to assess Officer Brown’s condition. Upon conducting that assessment, life-saving measures were started. The Fargo Fire Department, Fargo Police Department, and Sanford Ambulance responded to the jail to assist. Fargo Fire Department, Sanford Ambulance, and Deputies from our office continued to work on Officer Brown until he was transported to a local area hospital.
At this time, I want to thank my staff at the jail for responding quickly and performing life-saving measures. I have spent a majority of the morning with them, and as most of you could imagine, they are extremely impacted by this situation and are experiencing lots of emotions. I also want to thank the Fargo Fire Department, Fargo Police Department, and Sanford Ambulance for their quick response and for their assistance in performing life-saving measures.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is assisting our office in gathering information and investigating the incident to determine if further investigation is needed. The assistance of the North Dakota BCI is normal procedure for any major medical issue or deaths in our facility. We want the West Fargo Police Department and our community to know that we are here to assist however we can. With that I will turn it back over to Chief Otterness.