Suspect Apprehended After Pursuit

At approximately 11:49 a.m. (CST) on Thursday, April 25, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office was requested to assist the U.S. Forest Service with a suspicious male subject who was attempting to sell items on the Little Missouri National Grasslands. Upon contact, the male fled in his vehicle, and units initiated a pursuit with the male suspect. The pursuit left the National Grasslands and traveled southbound on U.S. Highway 85 from Sixth Street NW, Grassy Butte, ND.

The vehicle continued southbound on U.S. Highway 85 at speeds in excess of 100 mph, until the vehicle entered the ditch north of 10th Street SW in Billings County.

The suspect exited the vehicle and produced a hammer and a knife to law enforcement. Attempts to take the armed suspect into custody through less lethal weapons were unsuccessful. The armed suspect fled on foot for approximately one mile and was located in a stock pond armed with a knife and hammer. Law enforcement continued negotiation attempts to produce a peaceful surrender for more than 90 minutes.

The armed suspect inflicted self-harm while in the water. Through negotiations, the armed suspect exited the water armed after refusing to drop the weapons and was taken into custody after less lethal weapons and a McKenzie County apprehension K9 unit was deployed. The male was treated on scene for his injuries by law enforcement and medical personnel on scene. He was flown to Bismarck, ND, to receive treatment.

This incident is still under investigation at this time. There is no threat to the public. The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office will be pursuing charges for the male.

Assisting agencies were the U.S. Forest Service, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Billings County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Southwest Narcotics Task Force, North Dakota Game and Fish, North Dakota State Radio, Billings County EMS and Sanford Air Med Flight.


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