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FBI agent wounded during drug investigation in North Dakota's oil patch

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Randy Skarda (McKenzie Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Randy Skarda (McKenzie Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

Watford City, N.D. (KFGO-AM) -- An FBI agent was shot and wounded while assisting Mckenzie County authorities serve a drug warrant Monday night east of Watford City, North Dakota. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven says the agent suffered a non-life threatening injury and has since been released from the hospital.

52-year old Randy Skarda of Keene, North Dakota was arrested on drug and weapon charges but has not been charged with the shooting.  Several other arrests were made in the same area Monday.

U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon says the agent is part of a multi-agency investigation dubbed "Operation Winter Kill-Phase Two" targeting increased organized drug distribution on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and in Northwest North Dakota. Earlier this year, 22-people were charged with conspiracy to sell heroin and other drugs as part of the investigation.

Purdon notes the wounded agent was working without pay because of the partial government shutdown.

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