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10/17/17 Bismarck, ND – Assault Call At Hotel – Man Attacks Officer In Patrol Car As He Arrives – Suspect Was Trying To Steal Patrol Car – Tased – SHOOTS SUSPECT

October 17, 2017

prairiepublic.org

A 51 year old Bismarck man faces charges in connection with an assault on a Bismarck police officer Sunday.

That assault happened at the Bismarck Motor Motel on East Main Avenue.

Shortly before 10 am, the officer arrived – and before he could get out his squad car, the officer was attacked. The complaint alleges Donald Miller, whose last known address is Bismarck, punched the officer in the head and gouged his eyes. The officer tried to tase the subject, but that failed – so the officer shot the suspect in the abdomen.

Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Buschena said Miller faces a class “C” felony assault charge on a peace officer, as well as class “B” felony theft.

“We’re alleging the defendant was trying to steal the officer’s squad car at the time of the assault,” Buschena said.

Miller remains in a Bismarck hospital. The officer was treated and released, and remains on paid administrative leave. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been brought in, as per department procedure.

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