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Highway Patrol trooper was justified in a shooting after a reckless driver pursuit

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Dave Thompson
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Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and Highway Patrol Major Tom Iverson

The Morton County States Attorney’s office has determined that a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was justified when he shot and killed a Billings, Montana man after a reckless driver pursuit.

The incident happened September 7th about 13 miles west of Mandan on I-94. State radio received a report of a reckless driver eastbound. The patrol and Morton County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in the pursuit.

The trooper – Steven Mayer – was able to stop the car.

In audio released by the Patrol, Mayer told the driver several times to come out with hands raised. Then Mayer shouts, "He's got a gun."

Mayer than fired one shot, killing 45 year old Craig Knutson of Billings.

The investigation was handled by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation.