Grand Forks, North Dakota
May 27, 2020
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: about 3 years ago
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.