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Fargo man gets 57-month prison sentence for pointing loaded gun at police

Fargo, North Dakota – In a federal court ruling, a 40-year-old man from Fargo has been sentenced to a 57-month prison term following an incident in 2020, where he brandished a loaded firearm towards local law enforcement during a traffic stop.

The incident took place in the early hours of September 9, 2020. Fargo police officers initiated a routine traffic stop involving Mr. Shawn Larkin, owing to a suspended license. However, the situation rapidly escalated when Mr. Larkin became resistant to the officers’ instructions and engaged in a physical altercation while resisting arrest. During the ensuing struggle, Mr. Larkin, while on the ground, menacingly brandished a loaded handgun towards the officers present.

Ultimately, the police officers were able to subdue Mr. Larkin and take him into custody. A subsequent search of his person and vehicle yielded two additional loaded magazines for the handgun, as well as various controlled substances and associated paraphernalia.

Given Mr. Larkin’s prior felony convictions, including a 2001 theft in Wisconsin, a 2012 assault on a peace officer in Ward County, North Dakota, and a 2013 conviction in the District of North Dakota for being a felon in possession of a firearm, he was legally barred from owning or possessing a firearm.

Upon completion of his prison term, Mr. Larkin is slated to spend an additional three years under supervised release, as part of his sentence for the charge of ‘Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition’.

Jimmy Hathaway

Having spent my formative years in the beloved city of Grand Forks, I eventually relocated to Fargo during my second decade of life. The passion for journalism runs deep within my bloodline, as numerous close relatives have been, and some continue to be, engaged in the field as reporters and journalists. Outside of my professional pursuits, I cherish the moments spent in the company of my family.

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