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Shots fired incident in East Grand Forks leads to arrest

On May 26, 2024, the East Grand Forks Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in an apartment building located in the 400 block of 17th Street NW in East Grand Forks. Officers arrived at the scene and found that no one was injured. Witnesses identified the suspect as Marko D. Ruot and stated that he had fled to Grand Forks. Officers took statements and collected evidence at the scene. Later, officers from the Grand Forks Police Department located the suspect's vehicle in the 3300 block of Primrose Court and arrested Ruot. He is currently being held at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center awaiting formal charges. The East Grand Forks Police Department expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Grand Forks Police Department, the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office, and the Grand Forks Regional SWAT team.


Regional agencies train for active threat response in East Grand Forks

(Photo by Bruce Brierley) Area emergency services were put through the paces at NCTC last week during an Active Threat Integrated Response training. Here officers prevent a civilian from putting herself in harm's way as she tries to go back to the area where her friends are.
(Photo by Bruce Brierley) Area emergency services were put through the paces at NCTC last week during an Active Threat Integrated Response training. Here officers prevent a civilian from putting herself in harm's way as she tries to go back to the area where her friends are.
(Photo by Bruce Brierley) May 23, 2024 - Emergency personnel make use use of a chair that was on site to quickly and safely move a victim to a safe area where EMS can prep her for evacuation to an ambulance.
(Photo by Bruce Brierley) May 23, 2024 - Emergency personnel make use use of a chair that was on site to quickly and safely move a victim to a safe area where EMS can prep her for evacuation to an ambulance.
Last Thursday, East Grand Forks hosted an Active Threat Integrated Response Course at Northland Community and Technical College. The event saw participation from the East Grand Forks Fire and Police Departments, Polk County Sheriffs, Crookston Police, and various other regional agencies. The course, facilitated by LSU's Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, aimed to improve coordination between law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services during active shooter events. Participants engaged in practical exercises that included rescue task forces, hemorrhage control, and unified response organization. Volunteer role players assisted in the training, acting as hysterical bystanders, perpetrators, and injured victims. These volunteers were briefed before each scenario and utilized moulage kits to simulate realistic injuries, adding to the authenticity of the training exercises. Chief Jeff Boushee of the East Grand Forks Fire Department emphasized the importance of such training events emphasizing that this training is crucial for ensuring that officers and emergency responders are prepared to handle real-life active threat situations effectively and collaboratively. The event underscored the commitment of local and regional agencies to public safety and preparedness. By working together in these simulated environments, the participants enhanced their skills and readiness to respond to potential threats, ultimately aiming to improve the safety and security of the community. The Active Threat Integrated Response Course, highlights the ongoing efforts to foster inter-agency cooperation and enhance emergency response capabilities.