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Fargo officers wounded in shooting while responding to crash released from hospital

Officers Tyler Hawes and Andrew Dotas were wounded when a man opened fire on them from his car, about 15 to 20 feet away from the officers


Fargo Police Department

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. — Two Fargo police officers wounded last month by a shooter who killed an officer have been released from the hospital, police said.

Officer Tyler Hawes and Officer Andrew Dotas, who were both wounded in the shooting, were released from the hospital, the Fargo Police Department announced on Facebook. Dotas left the hospital Saturday after 22 days in recovery and Hawes left Monday after 24 days in recovery.

Dotas, Hawes and a bystander, Karlee Koswick, were wounded when Mohamad Barakat opened fire on them while he was inside his car as police responded July 14 to a traffic crash. Barakat fatally shot Officer Jake Wallin, 23. A fourth officer, Zach Robinson, shot and killed Barakat, 37.

After the shooting, investigators found guns, 1,800 rounds of ammunition and explosives in Barakat’s vehicle. Authorities have said he appeared to have been planning a larger attack on the day of the shooting, when summer festivities were underway in the Fargo area.

Police visited Barakat’s home and interviewed him at least twice in recent years due to concerns related to his guns, though authorities say he appeared to have acquired the weapons legally.