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Published November 20 2011

Fugitive Focus: Brad Lee Trautman

This is a weekly profile on the U.S. Marshals Service’s most wanted in the region. Do not try to apprehend the suspect. Please call (701) 297-7325 or your local law enforcement agency.

Local and federal authorities want to apprehend a 37-year-old West Fargo man who is wanted on a Class C felony charge of reckless endangerment for shooting a shotgun and a pistol at homes.

Brad Lee Trautman, 408 10th Ave. NW, is wanted in North Dakota’s East Central Judicial District Court for firing a shotgun at his own home and a .45-caliber pistol round through the window of a neighboring home, according to district court records.

His wife, Allison Trautman, reported on Aug. 5 that he had been making strange or nonsensical comments and that he had gotten out a pistol and told her to shoot him with it, an affidavit by West Fargo Police Detective Trent Stanton said.

After she left their home with the pistol, she heard three loud gunshots, and it was discovered three shotgun rounds had gone through a window screen of their house, the affidavit said.

Trautman was later taken to a local hospital, the affidavit said.

In the meantime, Marck Kasowski, of 1100 Riverwood Drive, West Fargo, reported that a bullet had been shot through one of the windows at his home, the affidavit said. The .45-caliber round was found in the home.

Trautman later admitted to Stanton on Oct. 26 that he remembered firing both the shotgun and the pistol from his home, the affidavit said.

Height: 6’

Weight: 200

Eyes: Hazel

Hair: Brown

Race: White

Age: 37


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