Fairmont shooting probed

By The Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is reporting that Craig Fowler and James Tietje were the police officers involved in a shooting incident at an apartment complex in the city early Saturday.

The Fairmont Police Department asked the bureau to investigate the shooting that occurred about 2:20 a.m. Saturday.

The bureau has determined that Fowler and Tietje went to Fairmont Square Apartments, 1205 Victoria St., after police received a report of a person being threatened there. The two officers were confronted by a 23-year-old man wielding two knives. The bureau says only Fowler fired at the man, killing him.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is reporting that the man has been identified Nicholas Daniel Moore.

Fairmont Square Apartments on Monday issued a press release saying Moore was a visitor, not a tenant.

“Since the occurrence, our staff has focused on cooperating with the investigation and communicating with our residents,” property manager Angela Gregory said in a press release. “We are extremely grateful for our local police department’s quick response.”

Fowler suffered a minor injury in the incident and was treated and released at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont.

Police Chief Michael Hunter noted in a press release following the incident that the two officers would be placed on standard administrative leave while the bureau completes its investigation.

Last fall, Fowler was the local officer placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest for two misdemeanor charges stemming from an off-duty incident Aug. 30.

According to the complaint in that case, Fowler struck a 7-year-old child in the face with an open hand while disciplining him. Fowler and the child were defined by state law as family or household members.

The child suffered a red mark to his face and what appeared would become a black eye.

In early November, Fowler entered a guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. He was sentenced to two years supervised probation; two days in jail; psychological evaluation/treatment; and complete parenting capacity assessment; and fined $85.

The Fairmont Police Department conducted an internal investigation of the matter before returning Fowler to duty.