FBI investigating after man dies inside Fargo federal courthouse

The Minneapolis FBI’s Field Office is investigating a death that took place on Monday at the Federal Courthouse in Fargo, North Dakota.

According to the FBI, 55-year-old Jeffrey S. Ferris of Belcourt, North Dakota, used an easily concealable instrument to take his own life after a guilty verdict once the jury left the courthouse.

The FBI’s responsibility in the investigation is to determine whether there was any violation of federal criminal laws. If any violations were to be discovered, the matter would be turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of North Dakota.

The University of North Dakota Forensic Pathology – Forensics and Autopsy Services facility is conducting an autopsy Tuesday.

Ferris was found guilty of reckless endangerment, terrorizing, and use of a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence. The mandatory minimum sentence was seven years in federal prison. Ferris was found not guilty of eight counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.