MERCER COUNTY, N.D. (KFYR) – UPDATE (11:15 p.m.): Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement regarding the Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.
“Earlier this evening, our 42-year-old son Ian was involved in a police chase which resulted in an accident that killed an officer. Ian suffers from serious mental disorders which manifest in severe paranoia and hallucinations. [Kevin’s wife] Kris was with Ian when he insisted on going to his brother Ike. Ike died in 2018. Kris took Ian to the Sanford Health emergency room in Bismarck. When she got out of our vehicle, Ian jumped into the driver’s seat and fled. Our daughter was able to track the car through Kris’ cell phone and lead officers to him in Mercer County, ND. We don’t have more details right now but will work with authorities to properly inform the public.
“I will take the first flight I can to be with our family as we grieve what has happened. We grieve especially for the family of the hero who tried to help Ian, and we pray for our gracious God to show up as He always does in tragedy. We ask the public for prayers for the lost officer’s family and colleagues who serve us every day and are grateful for all they do for us.
“We also ask God for healing for Ian. We love him and hurt deeply.”
ORIGINAL STORY (10:15 p.m.): A Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy died during the pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Wednesday.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the Bismarck Police Department initially received the report of a stolen SUV from Bismarck being driven by Ian Cramer of Bismarck.
The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office located Cramer and the SUV in Hazen. When law enforcement approached Cramer, he fled in the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.
During the pursuit, the vehicle Cramer was driving veered and crashed head-on into an unoccupied Mercer County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle that was parked on a roadside approach. The Sheriff’s Office vehicle was displaying its emergency lights at the time.
A Mercer County Deputy was standing outside and behind the patrol vehicle when it was struck. The impact of the crash pushed the patrol vehicle into the deputy, killing him. At the time, the deputy was preparing to deploy a tire deflation device in an attempt to end the pursuit.
Cramer was taken into custody, transported to the Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, and then taken to the McLean County Detention Center in Washburn.
This crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and charges are pending.
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