Officers and Deceased Identified in Officer Involved Shooting in Fairmont

The two Police Officers and the deceased individual have been identified following an officer involved shooting incident on January 20th in Fairmont.

Officer Craig Fowler and Officer James Tietje both have been with the Fairmont Police Department for 14 years.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the person who died during the incident at 23 year old Nicholas Moore of Fairmont.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident at the request of the Fairmont Police Department.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, Officers Fowler and Tietje responded to a 911 call at 2:20am concerning someone being threatened in an apartment building in the 1200 block of Victoria Street in Fairmont. When Officers arrived, they were confronted by Moore who had two knives. Moore came at the Officers and Officer Fowler fired his weapon. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene. Sergeant Tietje did not fire his weapon.

Officer Fowler sustained minor injuries while attempting to retreat from the subject and was transported to a health care facility in Fairmont, where he was treated and released. Both Officers remain on standard administrative leave during the investigation.

The investigation is active and ongoing. When completed, the BCA will turn over its findings to the Martin County Attorney’s Office for review.