Belcourt, ND - Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery, 29, was shot and killed after a pursuit and gunfight in North Dakota.
According to West Dakota Fox, three Rolette County Deputies and one Rolla Police Officer responded to a call of a stolen vehicle at 6:10 PM on Wednesday. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Devils Lake through OnStar, which relayed the vehicle's location to law enforcement officers via GPS tracking. When the Officers saw the vehicle, they attempted to stop it.
The male suspect driver of the vehicle refused to stop and fled, beginning a pursuit that lasted about 15 miles throughout Rolette County and reached speeds of up to 85-90 mph. OnStar was able to slow the vehicle to about five mph at a remote intersection near Belcourt and the officers were able to engage the suspect. A fight ensued and the suspect began shooting at the officers who returned fire.
According to The Grand Forks Herald, Rolette County Sheriff Gerald Medrud, confirmed that Deputy Colt Allery, age 29, was killed. The Sheriff also said that Deputy Allery had been employed with the agency for about three months and had previously worked for the Rolla Police Department and for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Police Department. Deputy Allery was described by Sheriff Medrud as "full of spunk, cheerful, happy all the time," according to ABC News.
Sheriff Medrud said that he thought all four officers had followed protocol. The suspect was also killed but it is not known at this time if he was shot by officers or if he took his own life. Both Deputy Colt Allery and the suspect were pronounced dead at the scene. The other Rolette County Deputies and the Rolla Police Officer who were involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting. Their names were not released. The suspect's name was also not been released.
This is the first line of duty death for the Rolette County Sheriff's Office, and the 57th for the state of North Dakota. A vigil is planned for Thursday night in Rolla. No one else was injured. The North Dakota Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, both blood and blue of fallen Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.
Deputy Colt Allery, your life mattered.
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