UPDATE: Police release more details on attack of officer at Bismarck Airport

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Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 9:24 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - UPDATE (3/16 at 12 p.m.): Judge sets $50,000 bond for man accused of Bismarck airport attack

UPDATE (3/15 at 11:40 a.m.): Bismarck police have released additional details about an attack on a police officer at the Bismarck Airport.

Police say around 11 a.m. Monday they approached 34-year-old Christopher Fonseca after he was “bothering passengers” in the security line at the airport. They brought him downstairs and told Fonseca he would need to leave if he did not have a ticket, according to police. They say Fonseca “charged at” an officer and hit him in the face and body with a weapon.

The type of weapon used in the incident has not been disclosed, but police say it was not a firearm.

Officer Lynn Wanner reports that “airport employees and a bystander assisted the officer by getting Fonseca secured into handcuffs.”

The officer and Fonseca were taken to the hospital. Police say the officer suffered cuts in the incident but is expected to be okay.

Fonseca is charged with aggravated assault and is in custody. In a search at the Burleigh Morton County Detention Center, officers say they found brass knuckles in Fonseca’s possession.

ORIGINAL STORY (3/14 at 9 p.m.): Bismarck police say an officer was assaulted by a man with a weapon at the Bismarck Airport Monday.

Police say Christopher Fonseca, 34, attacked and cut an officer. Both Fonseca and the officer were taken to the hospital after the incident.

Fonseca is charged with aggravated assault.

The officer is expected to be okay.

This is a developing story. More details will be included when they become available.

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