- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo police believe a reported letter in which an Iowa man accused of armed robbery admits to shooting first at police is authentic.

Eric Webb, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was injured in a shootout with police on June 4, after authorities allege he robbed a hotel. Webb is charged with robbery and a weapons crime.

The Forum newspaper in Fargo reported this week it had received a letter from Webb in which he said he’d decided to rob the hotel to get the money he needed to move his family.

Lt. Mike Mitchell tells The Associated Press that police believe the letter was written by Webb.

Defense attorney Patrick Rosenquist tells the AP that “any letter that may or may not have been sent was done so without my knowledge.”

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