- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Two suspects in an early morning burglary in a secluded part of Minot were shot by a police officer after driving a vehicle toward the officer while attempting to flee, the city’s police chief said Saturday.

The incident happened at 4:21 a.m. Saturday after two officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside a tire shop on the northeast side of town. Police Chief Jason Olson said it appears that a nearby welding shop was burglarized.

The officer was on foot when the subjects started driving toward him, Olson said during a press conference Saturday afternoon.

“The officer fired at the vehicle and it stopped a short distance away,” Olson said. “The subjects were contained at the scene.”

The injured men, both from Minot, were transported to a local hospital, where the 25-year-old driver of the vehicle was listed in critical condition. The passenger in the vehicle, believed to be in his early 30s, was treated and released to the Ward County Jail, Olson said.

The officers at the scene were not injured. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed, Olson said.

The names of the officers or suspects have not been released. Olson would not say how many shots were fired.

“Obviously using deadly force is an extremely serious circumstance for an officer,” the chief said.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called into to assist with the investigation, which Olson said is standard procedure in a police shooting.

Items that appear to be stolen from the welding shop were found in the suspects’ vehicle, Olson said.



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