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West Fargo man identified as victim of fatal hotel stabbing

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A Fargo Police Department Critical Incident Command vehicle was parked next to AmericInn Saturday, Sept. 8, where police say a person was killed in the early morning hours. Gigi Wood / The Forum2 / 4
Alan Bear, 21, Cooperstown3 / 4
Shawn Bear, 24, no permanent address4 / 4

FARGO -- A West Fargo man is dead and two people are in custody after an incident at a Fargo hotel early Saturday morning.

According to the Fargo Police Department, they were called out to the AmericInn Hotel, 4325 23rd Ave. S., at 2:33 a.m. for a disturbance.

Police were told there was a man walking the hallways with a firearm.

When police arrived, they found Jakob A. Dirks, 23, of West Fargo, lying in the hallway with what looked like a stab wound to his lower torso. He was taken to a local emergency room but later died from his injuries.


Fargo police detained and arrested two males in connection with the incident.

Alan J. Bear, 21, of Cooperstown was arrested for murder.

Shawn. A. Bear, 24, was arrested on two unrelated warrants.

The incident is still under investigation and an autopsy has been ordered.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, a Fargo Police Department Critical Incident Command vehicle was still parked outside the hotel. No caution tape was visible and guests freely entered and exited the building. A front desk worker at the hotel said he was not allowed to comment on the incident, and there was no manager on duty to talk about it.

The hotel, which is immediately west of the Red River Zoo, was in the news in April 2016 when police seized drugs during a bust in the parking lot.

The Grand Forks Herald reported on March 24 about a 20-year-old Alan Bear of Cooperstown who was arrested after assaulting a snowplow driver in Griggs County. Police said Bear stood in front of the snowplow to stop it, then entered the cab, assaulted the driver and insisted he would kill him. Bear was forced from the truck’s cab by the driver. No motive was immediately apparent, police said. Bear was charged with terrorizing and simple assault.

Alan Bear was also featured in a story in 2013 as part of a group of technical education students who showcased their talents at the North Dakota Capitol by laser engraving pens for lawmakers.

In 2017, there were two homicides in Fargo.

Editor Gigi Wood contributed to this article.