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SWAT Team Member Shoots Man Over Unpaid Water Bills

By Carol Forsloff     Mar 9, 2009 in Crime
In these days when economic problems are severe, some people are getting desperate about it. One man threatened an auditor about his unpaid water bills over the telephone, and when police arrived confronted them with a rifle.
Hebron, North Dakota isn't a town with a hotbed of violence, so this story got full play. George Fischer, age 52, was going to have his water turned off because of unpaid bills. He threatened the person who told him that in a telephone conversation. As a consequence SWAT team members went to Fischer's home to discuss the threat. Fischer assaulted one of the officers and was tasered, but that didn't work as only one barb stuck. Subsequently Fischer went into his home and grabbed a rifle at which time one of the officers shot him. He was wounded slightly in the left shoulder and is now reported to be in good condition at a Bismarck Hospital. This is the first time in nearly 12 years that the police department in Morton County has been involved in the St. Anthony area.
The man in question had apparently had several other incidents where he had threatened to harm himself or was involved in minor incidents, one of which surrounded being convicted of marijuana possession in 2006 and another fleeing a motor vehicle.
On the surface this is a minor incident, however it is one of those things that reflects worries about the economic issues. In fact as a result of the recession people are becoming angry about economic concerns and financial problems everywhere, from the United States and Great Britain as recently stressed in the news of both countries.
Folks are concerned that there will be continuing episodes where people will act out their frustrations during this economic downturn. From China and the United Kingdom to North Dakota these problems concern authorities in many places around the world.
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