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Fargo police looking for man who ran over officer with van

FARGO – Fargo police have arrested a man suspected of running over an officer with a van Monday night.

Jack Christensen

According to Lt. Joel Vettel:

Officers arrested Jack Christensen, 49, at an apartment in the 1300 block of Eighth Avenue North about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Police had located Christensen there about two hours earlier, and Christensen surrendered following a standoff resolved through negotiations.

Vettel said police believe Christensen was the driver of a van that struck an officer in the parking lot of Busy Bubbles laundry, 2102 12th St. N., about 8 p.m. Monday.

The officer who was injured was looking to question Christensen about a disturbance that occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday in the same apartment building where Christensen was later arrested.

In the Sunday incident, Christensen is suspected of injuring a 20-year-old male with a knife and his fists, according to Vettel, who said the victim in that assault was transported to Sanford Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Monday night incident began after police received a tip that Christensen was at the laundry and an officer approached the van Christensen was sitting in.

Christensen then put the vehicle into gear and accelerated at a high rate of speed, striking the officer, according to Vettel, who said the officer was taken by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Vettel said the officer is recuperating from his injuries and will not immediately return to duty.

The officer wasn’t immediately named, but police said he would be identified later Tuesday.

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