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FBI agent shot during drug bust in northwestern N.D.

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

By Amy Dalrymple

Forum News Service


WATFORD CITY, N.D. – An FBI agent was shot near here Monday evening while helping a federal drug task force execute a search warrant, said FBI spokesman Kyle Loven.

The agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released at a local hospital, Loven said.

Loven said he could not name the agent, who is based in Minot, but said he believes the agent is back on duty today.

A suspect, Randy Skarda, was arrested by the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office as a result of the investigation, Loven said.

Skarda is charged in McKenzie County District Court with drug charges and possessing a firearm.

Skarda also was slightly injured during the incident, said Loven, who said he couldn’t elaborate other than to say the injuries were not life threatening.

U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon said federal agents made multiple arrests Monday in and around the Fort Berthold Reservation in connection with phase two of an investigation called Operation Winter’s End.

Officers executed the search warrant in McKenzie County in connection with that investigation, Purdon said.

Purdon said he could not comment further on the arrests made Monday. Phase one of Operation Winter’s End involved federal charges against 22 people for conspiring to sell heroin and other drugs on the reservation.