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Officers shoot and kill man in western North Dakota after high-speed chase, search of homes

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DICKINSON, N.D. -- A 31-year-old man has died after being shot by an officer on Saturday evening in northeast Dickinson.

The man, who has not been identified, led a Dickinson Police officer on a high-speed pursuit through a residential area in a stolen Dodge pickup at about 6:30 p.m. before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot to a residence, where he had known acquaintances at the 1000 block of Carroll Street.

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The Southwest Tactical Team and other officers were dispatched to the area and set up a perimeter in the neighborhood around the area before locating him in one of the residences.

The man, who was armed with a handgun, attempted to flee on foot toward perimeter officers outside of the residence. He was shot after “forcing the officers into a deadly force situation,” according to a statement by the Dickinson Police Department. The man was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died.

The case has been turned over to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation because it is a shooting involving an officer. The BCI is actively investigating, according to the statement.

Officers initially responded to the 1000 block of Ninth Street East after a 911 report of possible gunshots being fired and a Dodge pickup fleeing the area where the gunshots were heard.

An officer saw a Dodge pickup matching the description driving recklessly and erratically after reaching the scene. The officer attempted to catch up to the pickup, which immediately accelerated and led the officer on a pursuit before finally reaching a different residential neighborhood. After the short pursuit, the driver abruptly stopped at the 200 block of Adams Avenue, abandoned the pickup and fled on foot.

Additional information regarding the report of shots fired was revealed while authorities were organizing their search.

A victim reported that the driver of the stolen pickup, who was known to the victim, had fired a shot at her with a handgun while she was a passenger in the vehicle and established the identity of the suspect and that he remained armed.

An inspection of the abandoned suspect vehicle determined that it was stolen. It also contained a number of items believed to be stolen from a business early Saturday morning.

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