Daniel Michael TwoHearts
REYNOLDS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota prosecutor says the suspect accused of shooting at a state trooper did not take hostages before shooting himself in an apartment.
Ramsey County State's Attorney Kari Agotness said in a statement Saturday that while other people were in the Devils Lake apartment with 23-year-old Daniel TwoHearts, "this was not a hostage situation."
Police had said TwoHearts barricaded himself in the apartment with two hostages.
Police got the man and woman out and were negotiating with TwoHearts when he shot himself rather than surrender.
Police Capt. John Barnett tells the Devils Lake Journal the wound did not appear to be fatal.
TwoHearts was airlifted to a Grand Forks hospital. His condition is not known. TwoHearts is facing one count of attempted murder and more charges will likely be filed as the investigation continues.
The saga began on Thursday night when a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper tried to pull over a pickup with a loud exhaust on Interstate 29 at Grand Forks about 9:30 p.m.
The pickup driver, later identified as Daniel Michael TwoHearts, fled at speeds reaching 100 mph at times.
Officers put down tire spikes and stopped the truck near Hillsboro. Lt. Troy Hischer says the suspect exited the truck and fled after firing three shots at a trooper, who was not hit. Two others in the truck were arrested. A third passenger was not arrested, but troopers report finding methamphetamine in the pickup cab.
Hischer says TwoHearts then stole an idling car with a baby inside from outside a residence in Hillsboro. He was stopped about 20 miles later near Reynolds and fled into a field. The baby was found safe inside.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Friday that a second stolen vehicle, a GMC Sierra from Reynolds, was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Devils Lake.
(We first reported this story with a statement from the Highway Patrol. It appears below. -ed.)
FORKS – (Lt. Troy Hischer) - After 9:30 p.m. on February 2, a NDHP
trooper attempted a traffic stop on a red Chevrolet pickup with
excessively loud exhaust on I-29 at Grand Forks. The vehicle
fled southbound on I-29 at approximately 100 mph. Just south of
Exit 104 at Hillsboro, law enforcement successfully deployed tire
spikes and flattened the tires of the fleeing vehicle.
suspect is identified as 23-year-old Daniel Michael TwoHearts.
TwoHearts fired three shots from a 9 mm handgun. Three passengers
were in the Chevrolet pickup; two were arrested. Methamphetamine was
located inside the vehicle. Area residents were notified as the
ground search was conducted.
is 5’7” and 160 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous.
are asked to call 911 if they see anything or anyone suspicious. Do
not approach the suspect.
law enforcement was searching for the suspect on foot at
approximately 11:04 p.m., a report was received of a stolen vehicle
from Hillsboro with a baby inside. Law enforcement located the stolen
vehicle northbound on County Road 81 and successfully deployed tire
spikes, flattening its tires east of Reynolds. The driver fled on
foot. The baby was located in the vehicle by officers, uninjured, and
brought to safety.
law enforcement agencies searched for the suspect east of Reynolds.
the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., Friday, TwoHearts stole an
additional vehicle, a silver 2005 Ford Taurus.
abandoned the silver 2005 Ford Taurus in Northwood, then stole a
white 2013 GMC Sierra K-2500. The GMC was found abandoned in the
Devils Lake Wal-Mart parking lot. TwoHearts is still at large.
is currently under the supervision of Parole and Probation. He has an
active warrant for attempted murder.