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Posted on: July 17, 2023

Sheriff Releases Statement Concerning Death of Jake Wallin

A Message from Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer:

We were shocked and saddened last Friday (July 14) to learn of the tragic death of Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin. Jake was shot and killed when he responded to a seemingly “routine” call for service only to be ambushed along with two of his fellow officers.

In law enforcement, we are a family. Officer Wallin’s heartbreaking death is another senseless and numbing tragedy and once again demonstrates the dangers law enforcement faces every day while serving, protecting and guarding our communities. Officer Wallin was one of our own in Wright County, which brought this tragedy closer to home than most. He was a graduate of St. Michael-Albertville High School and honorably served as a Sergeant in the Minnesota Army National Guard. He was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2020-21 and was currently serving as a member of the 151st Field Artillery Battalion.

At a press conference over the weekend, the Fargo Police Department shared a video that showed Jake during his police training. In that video he stated that throughout his life, he wanted a career that had purpose and law enforcement was the career path he had sought since childhood.

On behalf of myself and all the men and women of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the members of the Fargo Police Department and Officer Wallin’s family and friends and want them to know that Jake’s sacrifice will never be forgotten by those who serve Wright County to keep our community safe.

Sheriff Sean Deringer

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

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