JAMESTOWN – Investigations have cleared three law officers involved in a fatal shooting last month in Stutsman County.
Stutsman County State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen released a memorandum saying no charges will be filed against Jamestown Police Officer Logan Hord and Stutsman County Sheriff’s Deputies Daniel White and Casey Yunck.
An investigation conducted by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation found that the officers were justified in using deadly force.
On February 21, 27-year-old Michael Schieffer of Jamestown fled from an attempted traffic stop by Jamestown Police. During a chase that ended north of Medina, near Woodworth, Schieffer shot at officers. Investigators say after Schieffer’s car got stuck in a snowbank, he exited the vehicle with a handgun and a cellphone in his hands. As he walked toward officers, Schieffer repeatedly ignored orders to put down the gun. At one point, Schieffer held the gun to his head, but as he neared officers, he pointed the gun at them and fired. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding him. No officers were injured.
Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser and Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger say internal investigations also found no violations of their respective department rules and policies. They say the officers have or will soon, return to full duty.