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Forum Communications Co., Published September 20 2010

Armed man shot by Jamestown officers

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A Jamestown man was shot by three Jamestown police officers after allegedly threatening them with a shotgun early Sunday morning, according to the police department.

Jamestown Police Chief David Donegan said in a press release that the three officers were dispatched about 2:12 a.m. Sunday to 1506 6th Ave. SW to a report of an armed male threatening suicide. The officers arrived on scene and stood on the sidewalk leading to the apartment building while they discussed their course of action.

The male subject, who lived at that address, exited the front door of the building carrying a shotgun. Upon seeing the three officers, the press release said, the man chambered a round into the firearm.

“They told him to drop it, and he pointed it at them,” Donegan said in an interview later Sunday.

The three officers fired on the man, striking him several times.

The man, identified as Michael Partlow, 27, of Jamestown, was taken by ambulance to Jamestown Hospital and later taken by air ambulance to Sanford Medical Center, Fargo.

Donegan said Partlow was in surgery Sunday afternoon. His condition was still unknown Sunday evening.

The press release said the shooting is being investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The three police officers, whose names are not being released at this time, have been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation.

“While the investigation is going on, it’s routine to put officers who have fired their weapon on administrative leave,” Donegan said. “It’s a stressful thing to happen. They need time to adjust and get assistance if they need it.”

Donegan said in his years in the Jamestown Police Department, this is the first time any officer has had to fire his weapon on duty.

“We’ve had some close calls, but this is the first one,” he said.