Videos show altercation between Grand Forks PD and suspect before he steals police cruiser

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) Video released Thursday shows the dangers Grand Forks police officers faced back in May.

Jordan Poitra, 33, wrestled with authorities, stole a police cruiser, and then deliberately crashed into a semi-truck along interstate 29.

Grand Forks police had first responded to a call at the parking lot of a Dollar General on May 6.

They found Poitra who was wanted for outstanding warrants.

Yet as body camera video from one of the officers showed, the calm exchange quickly escalated.

“Let him go, let him go... taser, taser taser,” a Grand Forks police officer is heard screaming.

Officers tried to subdue Poitra and at one point he tried taking an officer’s gun.

“Just let me take the gun and shoot it, I just want to die,” Poitra said.

Poitra runs around the officers, unfazed by the stun guns, and takes off some of his clothes.

“Let me take the gun and shoot it,” Poitra said.

Eventually, he steals the police cruiser.

Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said that this incident wasn’t considered a police chase. Officers learned of it only after they tracked the vehicle on its GPS and witnesses called dispatch to report it.

Dash cam video from inside the stolen police vehicle showed Poitra driving recklessly. He runs red lights and stop signs before making his way on to I29.

Poitra then crosses the median and goes head on into a semi-truck, where he was killed at the scene.

His death was ruled as a deliberate act, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The Grand Forks Police Department is still looking for a body cam that one of its officers lost during the altercation. If you know where it is, you're urged to call 701-787-8000.