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Fargo man accused of pulling knife on police after refusing to pay for Chinese food

Fargo police say a 21-year-old man refused to pay a delivery driver for Chinese food and then pulled a knife on the officer investigating the theft, prompting the officer to draw his sidearm.

Chase Hunter Petersen
Chase Hunter Petersen

Fargo police say a 21-year-old man refused to pay a delivery driver for Chinese food and then pulled a knife on the officer investigating the theft, prompting the officer to draw his sidearm.

The driver, a 33-year-old West Fargo man, reported the theft at about 9:55 p.m. Sunday at 114 14th St. S.

He told police the suspect grabbed the food and refused to pay for it, saying the delivery was late, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.

The officer went to the suspect's apartment and told him he had to pay for the food or he could face charges. Lykken said the suspect began to ignore the officer and tried to go back into his apartment.

Because the suspect was possibly going to face a citizen's arrest for theft, the officer grabbed him by the arm, he said.

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Then, according to Lykken, the following sequence of events unfolded:

The suspect pulled away and took a "boxer's stance," appearing to want to engage in a fight.

The officer drew his Taser and gave verbal commands.

The suspect grabbed a pocketknife and displayed it.

The officer drew his sidearm.

The suspect opened the knife, displaying the blade.

The officer felt the suspect was going to stab or cut him, so he stepped back.

The suspect entered his apartment and slammed the door.

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After backup officers arrived, the suspect, Chase Hunter Petersen, voluntarily came out of his apartment and was arrested on suspicion of terrorizing and taken to the Cass County Jail, Lykken said.

Alcohol and drugs didn't appear to be a factor in the incident, he said.

A phone message left for Petersen at the jail wasn't immediately returned.

Lykken said officers are trained to draw their sidearm when threatened with a knife.

"We train our officers that, especially if there's one officer, if you can, you go to your firearm, because Tasers aren't 100 percent effective," he said.

Officers also are trained that 21 feet is the minimum safe distance to be away from someone wielding a knife, he said.

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