Update: West Fargo Man Named As Suspect In Chase Ending in Shooting Near Audubon
Carol McCarthy | Sep 30, 2017 AT 5:55 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN--The man shot by sheriff's
deputies Thursday night just east of Audubon after a high speed chase on
Highway 10 has been identified. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension, two Becker County Sheriff's deputies identified as Patrol Sgt.
Dan May and Deputy Daran Borth opened fire on 55 year old Dean Minnerath of
West Fargo, wounding him after he brandished a rifle at the end of the high
speed chase Thursday night. Minnerath is being treated at Essentia Health in
Fargo for his injuries. His condition is
unknown. The BCA says the two deputies
were responding to a 9-1-1 call around 7:25pm Thursday about someone in
Cormorant Township threatening to kill people. Deputies May and Borth spotted
the suspect vehicle driving north on County Road 5. The deputies attempted to
stop the vehicle but it didn't and a pursuit began traveling at speeds in
excess of 95 mph. The pursuit traveled
east on Highway 10 and the State Patrol joined. The pursuit ended just east of
Audubon after Minnerath's tires were punctured by spikes deployed by the patrol. According to the
BCA's preliminary investigation, Minnerath immediately emerged from the vehicle
brandishing a rifle towards the deputies. Both deputies fired their weapons,
striking Minnerath. Medical assistance was immediately provided to Minnerath by
law enforcement at the scene. Minnerath was transported to the Detroit Lakes
Hospital then airlifted to Fargo. BCA
agents interviewed a passenger in Minnerath’s car but that person was later released.
Deputies May and Borth are on standard administrative leave. Neither was injured.
The bureau said it’s investigating the officers involved in the shooting and will turn over findings to the Becker County Attorney’s Office. The Becker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that led to the pursuit.
The BCA says none of the police officers present at the scene wore body cameras, though several cameras in squad cars may have recorded the shootings.
Court records indicate Minnerath has a criminal record in Minnesota and North Dakota that spans three decades, with numerous convictions, including drunken driving, assault, drug possession, terroristic threats and felon in possession of a handgun.