UPDATE 5/28/20 3:00 p.m.

On May 27, 2020, at approximately 2:24 p.m., Sergeant Kelly McLean and Corporal Ron Nord responded to 2627 S 17th St #303 to serve a Writ of Restitution as ordered by a Judge. The Writ of Restitution ordered Deputies to remove Salamah Pendleton, Lola Moore, and all possessions any time after May 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Uniformed deputies knocked and received no answer at the door. Deputies gained access to the apartment and observed Salamah Pendleton retreat to a bedroom. Deputies gave several commands to Pendleton to come out of the bedroom. Eventually, deputies opened the bedroom door. Upon opening the door, Deputies were overtaken by heavy gunfire and retreated away from the door. Deputies immediately radioed for assistance and several agencies responded. Corporal Ron Nord was shot in the upper leg and abdomen. He is in stable condition.

Sergeant Kelly McLean is in his 28th year with the Sheriff’s Office and former assistant team leader of the Grand Forks Regional SWAT Team.

Corporal Ron Nord is a veteran of the US Air Force and is in his 34th year of law enforcement. He has been the Civil process Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office for nine years.

The first uniformed Grand Forks Police Department officers arriving on scene were Corporal Patrick Torok, a 27+ year veteran of the GFPD and a 25+ year veteran of the Grand Forks Regional SWAT Team; and Officer Cody Holte, a 3 year and 3 month veteran of the GFPD, and a member of the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office Regional Water Rescue Team. 

Corporal Torok and Officer Holte immediately entered into the apartment, coming to the aid of the deputies under fire.  Gunfire was exchanged in multiple volleys between Pendleton and the officers on scene.   Through the exchanges, Pendleton received several gunfire wounds.  Aid was rendered on scene, and he was transported to Altru for his injuries.  Lola Moore, 61-year-old Grand Forks resident, was killed by gunfire during the course of the incident.  Deputy Ron Nord suffered gunfire wounds, was assisted on scene and transported for medical aid.  Officer Cody Holte suffered multiple gunfire wounds during the incident.  Emergency medical aid was rendered by officers on scene.  Those officers ultimately carried Officer Holte out of the apartment and to the ambulance for transport to Altru, where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Officer Cody Holte leaves behind his wife and infant son, and we ask that you remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE 5/27/20 10:45 p.m.

The Grand Forks Police Department is reporting that an officer in their department shot during Wednesday afternoon’s incident didn’t survive. The identity of the officers involved has not been released as of yet. The Grand Forks County Deputy is reported to be in stable condition after receiving non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, Salamah Pendleton, also suffered injuries from gunfire and a female occupant inside the apartment died of fatal injuries. 

UPDATE: 5/27/20 7:04 PM

On Wednesday, May 27 deputies with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve civil process paperwork at an apartment in the building located at 2627 South 17th Street in Grand Forks.  During the service attempt, a male subject inside the apartment opened fire on the deputies.  The deputies summoned additional officers to the scene.

During the incident that ensued, the male suspect suffered gunfire injuries, and was transported to Altru.  Two officers, one Grand Forks Police Department officer and one Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office deputy, suffered gunfire injuries, and were transported to Altru.  A female was located within the apartment with fatal gunfire injuries.

The Grand Forks Police Department would like to extend its sincere appreciation and gratitude to all emergency services agencies involved in, or providing support following, this incident.

This investigation is ongoing and active.  Anyone with information on this, or any related, incident, is encouraged to contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the following methods:

Call:        701-787-8000

Online:    Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website

App:        Submit a tip via the Tip411 app


A female was found deceased following a shooting incident Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks. Two officers and the suspect were also wounded by gunfire. One officer was a member of the Grand Forks Police Department, the other a deputy with the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office. The suspect also suffered gunshot wounds. Grand Forks Police Lieutenant Derek Zimmel provided an update to INEWZ.TV’s Neil Carlson.