CAPTURED: Suspect Shoots Self Rather Than Surrender
Posted by KSJB News on 2/4/2017 11:40:00 AM.

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.)
GRAND 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.

The 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.

TwoHearts is 5’7” and 160 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous.  

Citizens are asked to call 911 if they see anything or anyone suspicious. Do not approach the suspect. 

While 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. 

Numerous law enforcement agencies searched for the suspect east of Reynolds.

Between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., Friday, TwoHearts stole an additional vehicle, a silver 2005 Ford Taurus.

TwoHearts 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.

TwoHearts is currently under the supervision of Parole and Probation. He has an active warrant for attempted murder.



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