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West Fargo man arrested after bullet flies a half mile, enters home

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WEST FARGO – A West Fargo man was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment and preventing arrest in connection with reports of gunshots at an apartment building late Monday, Feb. 19, as well as a subsequent report of a bullet penetrating a faraway house.

West Fargo Police said Chad Andrew Ralph, 44, was booked into the Cass County Jail where he remained in custody Tuesday evening, Feb. 20. He has not yet been charged.

About 10:20 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to an apartment building in the 3400 block of Fifth Street West on a report of shots heard. While officers responded to that call, 911 dispatchers received a report of a bullet penetrating a house in the Shadow Wood Lane neighborhood just over a half mile away, said police, who believe the two incidents are related.

Officers set up a perimeter around the apartment building. They learned that a man had fired a gun at a female in the apartment and followed her outside, firing the gun again, police said.

Police tried to contact the suspected shooter, but were unsuccessful. They then called the Red River Valley SWAT team for help, police said.

Contact was made with another resident of the building, who told officers the suspect was passed out in the living room of an apartment. Officers entered the apartment and arrested Ralph. A handgun was also found in the apartment, police said.

The house struck by the bullet was occupied by three people at the time. However, no one was hurt, police said. Authorities believe a bullet from the handgun traveled across Sheyenne Street, over the river, through Shadow Wood Lane neighborhood and through the siding of the house.

The request for help from SWAT team members was canceled as they were in route.

WDAY-TV contributed to this report.