Local law enforcement responds to dangerous incident.

Local law enforcement responds to dangerous incident.

Devils Lake Police Chief Joe Knowski reported that members of multiple law enforcement agencies from the area were involved in responding to a report of “Shots Fired” at an apartment building located on Kemp Ave. in Devils Lake at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.

Knowski explained that the male who reportedly fired the shots had been running around in the parking lots of the apartment complex yelling at people asking for drugs.
At some point he entered the apartment on the ground level, north end of the building, grabbed a shotgun and commenced firing into the air. That’s when bystanders called 911.
As the officers approached the apartment building the individual in question attempted to dart out of the apartment. But, as he did that, officers restrained him, took him into custody removing him from the scene.

Detective Sue Schwab had a little more information about the incident by Tuesday morning’s press conference at the DLPD.
She said the incident started at building 220 when a male, Bradley Spah, 32, of Devils Lake, reportedly jumped into a pickup truck in the parking lot uninvited, asking for drugs, specifically meth. The driver of that vehicle refused to help him and Spah allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran over to the 224 building across the street where he jumped into a second pickup truck, again asking for drugs. After that driver denied his request he left and entered an apartment on the ground level of the building, where the resident was moving in a gun safe. He grabbed a shot gun, loaded it and fired it four times into the air outside the sliding glass doors.

Spah, now in custody, faces multiple charges and will likely later today have a bond hearing.

The only person reportedly injured in the incident was Capt. Jim Frank who, during the take-down, fell and hit his head on a coffee table, breaking his glasses. He was sent to the Emergency Room at CHI St. Alexius Devils Lake Hospital to evaluate and treat his injury. He was later released.