Who was Jake Wallin? Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Killed in ambush remembered as ‘brave young man’

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Jake Wallin was once a little boy seeking solace in the arms of family, terrified by fireworks lighting up the sky. On Saturday, the Fargo police officer was remembered for growing up to be a military veteran and a dedicated officer whose “last act of courage” was to look into the face of a man determined to shed blood. Wallin, 23, was killed on July 14 when a man armed with 1,800 rounds of ammunition, multiple weapons and explosives ambushed officers responding to a routine traffic accident. Two other officers and a civilian were wounded before a fourth officer returned fire, killing gunman Mohamad Barakat. Police said the actions of the fourth officer likely saved the city from a bigger and bloodier attack. Wallin, who had been sworn in as a Fargo police officer in April and was still training in the field, was cremated in his uniform. On Saturday, the Fargo Police Department escorted his cremation to Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, for his funeral, which was attended by loved ones, dignitaries and law enforcement agencies from across the country.

The police procession of 10 squad cars and three buses carrying department employees left Fargo early Saturday for Pequot Lakes. Dozens of people were at the memorial for Wallin at the scene of the shooting as the procession passed by, KFGO reported. Wallin previously served in the Minnesota Army National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq from November 2020 to July 2021, according to a Minnesota National Guard spokesperson. He received the last military honors at a private funeral. “He served his country, he came back here and he wanted nothing more than to serve in a position with purpose and meaning, his exact words, and he did it,” Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski said at a news conference after the shooting. Zibolski recounted on Saturday Wallin’s impressive quality as a candidate in his official interview last fall, how he excelled at the police academy and fought for a job with meaning and purpose.

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Jake Wallin was 23 years old.

Fallen Fargo Officer Jake Wallin remembered as ‘true guardian’ at funeral

The chief shared that body camera footage of the shooting showed Wallin “was quick to create distance, intuitively” after his coworkers were struck, he drew the gun on him and was aiming at the gunman when he was fatally struck. “His last act of courage from him was to selflessly confront the shooter and try to neutralize him to save others,” Zibolski said. “His actions were courageous and exemplify the highest standards of the law enforcement profession.” Aunt Jodi Wallin described her nephew as “the little boy she adored who became the young man she looked up to and was so proud of.” Wallin had recently bought a house for himself and his fiancée, and “he was so proud to become a new homeowner that he ran out and bought himself a lawn mower and mowed his new lawn,” his aunt said. “I remember him as a little boy with his little arms wrapped so tightly around my neck, burying his face in me to try to avoid the fireworks that I hated so much at that age,” she said. “From that shy little boy, he grew to become a brave, ambitious and driven young man.”

Chaplain Jordan Helming, who served with Wallin in Iraq, recalled his dedication as a soldier and his positive personality amid a changing mission and the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic. “Jake could see the big picture in life and he realized that it takes long, disciplined, steady efforts to get to the top of the mountain,” Helming said. Wallin’s parents received two Fargo police awards and the Minnesota Distinguished Service Medal in honor of his son in the service. Law enforcement agencies from other states attended Wallin’s funeral. A motorcade including Sioux Falls police and the South Dakota Highway Patrol left Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Friday to make the 5 1/2-hour drive to the funeral, KELO-TV reported. Dignitaries at the funeral included Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and US Senator Amy Klobuchar. A public memorial service is planned for Wednesday in Fargo. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will attend and provide comments, his spokeswoman said. On Friday, North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley provided more details about the attack, which also injured officers Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes and bystander Karlee Koswick, who had been involved in the crash.

Barakat was a Syrian citizen who came to the United States applying for asylum in 2012 and became a US citizen in 2019, Wrigley said. For the past five years, he had searched the Internet for terms like “quick kill,” “explosive munitions,” “incendiary projectiles” and “mass shots,” Wrigley said. Perhaps the most chilling search was “crowd area events,” which on July 13 brought up a news article with the headline: “Thousands Enjoy First Day of Downtown Fargo Street Fair.” On the day of the attack, the downtown fair was in its second day and was less than 3 miles from the scene of the accident. Barakat also sought information about the Red River Valley Fair, which was a 6-mile drive from the scene, the attorney general said. Wrigley said Barakat had an “obvious motive to kill” and was motivated by hate, but was not targeting any particular group, including police. The evidence suggests, instead, that Barakat came across the crash by “chance” and that the ambush that followed was a distraction from his much larger objective, Wrigley said.

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