A Syrian who came to America as a refugee under President Obama opened fire on Fargo, ND police officers back in July. Using an AK-style rifle, he managed to shoot down three officers before a fourth officer engaged him. That fourth officer, Zach Robinson, showed incredible composure and gallantry under fire. Even more remarkable is that Robinson only had a handgun against a rifle, making his engagement even more remarkable.
In the end, Robinson fired a total of 31 rounds at Mohamad Barakat, 37.
It’s unknown how many rounds Barakat soaked up, but he fought to fight back until Robinson fired the last three rounds, putting at least one of them into Barakat’s grape. That ended the attack for good.
Sadly, even with first-rate paramedics responding moments later as they were already on scene, a 23-year-old rookie officer died of his wounds.
Here’s the video:
Fargo Police Shooting bodycam footage released pic.twitter.com/Ol3C3Yj35e
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More here at the press conference conducted by the North Dakota Attorney General.
But you didn’t see this on the CBS Evening News. In fact, the mainstream media covered the story heartily. With a pillow. Until it stopped moving.
Interestingly, the Fargo PD didn’t have a motive even into the next day.
Yeah, that was a real stumper.
Here’s a newer AP report from July 21.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The heavily armed man who ambushed Fargo police officers investigating a fender bender last week likely had a bigger and bloodier attack in mind, with at least two fairs taking place at the time in and around North Dakota’s largest city, authorities said Friday.
Mohamad Barakat killed one officer and wounded two others and a bystander before a fourth officer shot and killed him, ending the July 14 attack.
Over the past five years, Barakat, 37, searched the internet for terms including “kill fast,” “explosive ammo,” “incendiary rounds,” and “mass shooting events,” state Attorney General Drew Wrigley said Friday during a news conference in Fargo, a city of about 125,000 people. But perhaps the most chilling search was for “area events where there are crowds,” which on July 13 brought up a news article with the headline, ”Thousands enjoy first day of Downtown Fargo Street Fair.”
Had Officer Zach Robinson not killed Barakat, authorities said they shudder to think how much worse the attack might have been. All evidence suggests that Barakat came upon the traffic crash by “happenstance” and that his ensuing ambush was a diversion from his much bigger intended target, Wrigley said.
“The horrible winds of fate sometimes,” he said. “Those events fell into place and fell into his path.”
On the day of the attack, the downtown fair was in its second day and was less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the crash scene. It’s unclear if it was the intended target, though, as Barakat also searched for information on the Red River Valley Fair, which was just a 6-mile (10-kilometer) drive from the scene, the attorney general said.
But our fine betters in Springfield can’t imagine why good guys would need more than 15 rounds in their handgun magazine.