Bismarck Police Officer Involved in Shooting

Courtesy: Adam Stonestreet

A Bismarck police officer was involved in a shooting late Sunday night.

Police say the incident happened around 11:30 at 32nd Street and Rosser Avenue. A 911 caller reported there was a drunk man in the back of his building armed with a shotgun, who wanted to kill the caller. Dispatch told the caller to move to an area of safety but they refused. The caller then reported the man was walking toward him with a shotgun.

As officers arrived, one officer saw the suspect, identified as 42-year-old James Anthony Scott of Mandan, standing in the hallway of 3240 East Thayer next to a long gun. The suspect then ran out the back door of the apartment building, running northbound toward Rosser Avenue. An officer commanded the suspect to show his hands and get on the ground. Scott refused to obey commands to show his hands and get on the ground, so the officer discharged his rifle striking the suspect.

Scott was taken to the hospital by Metro Area Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m.

The officer was not injured. He has eight years of experience with the Bismarck Police Department.

The case has been turned over to BCI for investigation.