ROLLA, N.D. (Valley News Live) Officials have identified a Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed near Belcourt Wednesday night.
Sheriff Gerald Medrud says 29-year-old Colt Allery had been with the department for 3 months. Allery had previously worked for the Rolla Police Department and as a tribal police officer.
Investigators say an unidentified suspect was also killed in the shootout. Three other law enforcement officers involved have been placed on paid leave during the investigation.
In a news conference Thursday morning Sheriff Medrud gave more details about the incident.
It started about 6:10 Thursday night when deputies got a call about a stolen vehicle from Devils Lake being tracked by OnStar.
They found the vehicle on a gravel road west of Milo, ND but it refused to stop. Speeds during the chase hit 85 miles per hour.
Officials with OnStar eventually agreed to shut down the vehicle at an intersection about 7 miles south of Belcourt. That's when gun fire broke out.
Allery and the suspect were both pronounced dead at the scene their bodies have been take to Grand Forks for an autopsy.
Medrud says all four officers involved fired their weapons but investigators are still trying to figure out how many bullets were fired. The North Dakota BCI has been called to investigate. They say it will likely take about a month to finish.
Sheriff Medrud says they will be bringing in support for anyone in the department who needs it. He says they are also getting help from several other agencies to handle their patrol duties.
The last North Dakota law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty was Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer.
Moszer was shot February 10, 2016 during a standoff in north Fargo. He died the next day.