Secret pursuit of David James Elliott began an entire HOUR before ‘suspicious vehicle’ call from Wells Fargo Bank
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on March 19, 2016, 11:37 A.M. CST
Official records prove North Dakota law enforcement spokesmen willfully deceived the public when they told the media the pursuit of David James Elliott began as the result of a ‘suspicious vehicle’ call placed at 10:41 P.M., February 27, 2015 from the Wells Fargo Bank in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
It was a colossal deception at the highest levels.
Write Into Action has acquired the investigative records of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) report, which says the complaint made from the Wells Fargo Bank was made between 11:30 P.M. and 11:40 P.M. that night.
The ‘suspicious vehicle’ report has been the consistent starting line given by police to explain law enforcement’s focus on Elliott on the night in question before he was finally shot in the head in the Altru hospital parking lot at approximately 12:45 A.M., February 28, 2015 by a UND police officer.
The whole story the police told was a lie.
Here’s the proof:
Law enforcement officials told the media that a call was made reporting a suspicious vehicle at 10:41 P.M., February 27, 2015, in the Wells Fargo parking lot. The deceptive communications by public information officers were so effective the mainstream media fell for the parlor trick.
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Police were called to the Wells Fargo Bank on South Columbia Road around 10:40 p.m. Friday for a suspicious black pickup. Someone from inside the bank reported the vehicle, thinking it was odd the pickup was in the bank parking lot at such late hours, said Grand Forks Police Lt. Dwight Love Wednesday.
-The Bismarck Tribune
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THE TRUE TIME OF THE CALL FROM WELLS FARGO BANK WAS AROUND 11:40 P.M. OR LATER
Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala and Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger responded to a low party complaint. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala indicated there was a suspicious vehicle complaint from the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) pending and that once he cleared the low party complaint he responded to the suspicious vehicle complaint. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Dan Harvala said that the suspicious vehicle was for a black pickup in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank, Grand Forks, North Dakota. The cleaning woman inside the bank called in the complaint around 11:30 p.m., to 11:40 p.m
When asked about the Wells Fargo call during a press conference, Lt. Dwight Love, GFPD, told reporters “It was in the morning hours”
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EVIDENCE POLICE WERE STRATEGICALLY FUSING THE CALL FROM WELLS FARGO BANK AT 11:40 P.M. WITH THE PURSUIT THAT BEGAN AT 10:40 P.M. TO CREATE THE ILLUSION THAT IT ALL BEGAN AT THE SAME TIME
“On Friday night, February 27, officers responded to the Wells Fargo parking lot in reference to a suspicious person. When they arrived they saw a vehicle leaving the area. They saw that vehicle commit a traffic violation. They attempted to stop that vehicle. And that led to a high speed pursuit. The speeds were to around 100 mph through town. A supervisor realizing that’s probably not a safe situation terminated the pursuit. About two hours later that same vehicle was reported to police as a welfare check – possible suicidal subject – they came back into town – where it attempted to strike an officer attempting to make a traffic stop – a second pursuit started and went through the University of North Dakota area – during that time it went over the over pass – the Columbia Road overpass. We did spike strips on two occasions. That didn’t stop that suspect’s vehicle. It continued to the Altru Parking lot where the officer involved shooting occurred.”
-Official Press Release by Law Enforcement
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The reason law enforcement tricked the public regarding the Wells Fargo call was because police, state troopers, and deputies began chasing Elliot at approximately 10:30 P.M. but cannot EXPLAIN to the public WHY.
SPOILER ALERT: It likely involves drug trafficking because according to BCI records Elliott possessed “thousands” of pills.
OFFICER WITNESSED DAVID ELLIOTT BEING CHASED AT 10:30 P.M.
In regard to the first (1st) pursuit, Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown said that he was at the Altru Hospital Emergency Room with a female that refused to leave, and a pursuit began at about 10:30 p.m./10:35 p.m. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown saw the first (1st) pursuit proceed northbound on South Columbia Road past the Altru Hospital, but he was not involved. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown continued with his call at the Altru Hospital Emergency Room until around 11:00 p.m. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown overheard Grand Forks Police Department Sergeant Mark Ellingson terminate the first (1st) pursuit. Grand Forks Police Department Officer Chris Brown said that he called into dispatch and heard that Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matthew Bullinger was on a 911 call with the suspect (DAVID ELLIOTT) in the pursuit, and that DAVID ELLIOTT had a domestic incident earlier in the day with his wife, Jennifer Elliott, and that he may be suicidal.
DEPUTY ADMITS INVOLVEMENT IN PURSUIT THAT BEGAN AT 10:45 P.M.
In regard to the first (1st) pursuit with DAVID ELLIOTT, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider said he was west of Thompson, North Dakota, when it began. Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider believed that it occurred between 10:45 p.m., to 11:00 p.m., and he was heading towards the Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grand Forks, North Dakota, for dinner.
Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider positioned his vehicle at a crossover about one (1) mile north of the Thompson, North Dakota, exit. Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider notified Grand Forks Police Department that he had deployed his spike strips. Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider indicated that Grand Forks Police Department Sergeant Mark Ellingson terminated the pursuit.
Now watch … after Deputy Schneider was busy laying out spike strips for David Elliott north of Thompson around 11:00 P.M, he is then magically transported to the Grand Forks Air Force base where he is eating dinner!
Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Moen and Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Andy Schneider went to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota, at approximately 11:00 p.m., to have dinner.
GRAND FORKS SHERIFF’S OFFICE ATTEMPTS TO HIDE LOCATION AND ACTIVITIES OF DEPUTIES
In the Affidavit filed with the court by the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office, there is no mention of Deputy Schneider being north of Thompson setting out spike strips. In fact – the GFSO does not mention setting out spike strips anywhere in their Affidavit whatsoever.
THE SHOOTER, JARED BRAATEN, WAS NOT SCHEDULED TO WORK ON THE NIGHT IN QUESTION AND NONE OF HIS CAMERA’S WERE WORKING
The shooter, UND Police Officer Jared Braaten, was not scheduled to work on February 27, 2015 but suddenly did. He began his un-scheduled shift at 10:30 P.M. – the exact same time the secret pursuit of David Elliott began.
Officer Braaten did not properly activate his dash-cam, and his body-cam did not work.
UND Police Department officer JARED BRAATEN has been employed as a police officer by the UND Police Department for approximately one and one-half (1½) years. While he was not scheduled to work on Friday, February 27, 2015, to Saturday, February 28, 2015, he did work the days in question. UND Police Department officer JARED BRAATEN began his shift at approximately 10:30 p.m.
In regard to UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN’s body camera, UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN indicated that he wore a different uniform shirt that evening and could not place the body camera where he normally placed it. UND Police Department officer JARED BRAATEN had UND Police Department intern Heather Hopkins place a body camera on the right shoulder of his uniform shirt. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN stated that the body camera was sideways on his right shoulder, but got dislodged when he reentered the vehicle, prior to the incident on top of the Columbia Road overpass and did not know its whereabouts. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN stated that the body camera was turned on. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN said that he activated the body camera manually by flipping down the lens cover. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN indicated that he recorded directly onto the body camera and that he had to physically download it at the UND Police Department.
Concerning the in-car camera, UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN indicated that after the UND men’s hockey game he went directly to the UND Police Department and was immediately dispatched on a call. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN said that he forgot to insert the video card into the in-car camera. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN stated that the in-car camera turned on automatically when he initiated the emergency lights, and he could not view the in-car camera without the video card. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN was issued his own video card and that it was in his equipment bag that was in UND Police Department unit #5. UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN assumed that his equipment bag was at the UND Police Department.
At 1:07 p.m., Special Agent (S/A) Michael J. Ness requested that University of North Dakota (UND) Police Department Lieutenant Tracy Meidinger download the image from UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN’s body camera. S/A Ness and UND Police Department Lieutenant Tracy Meidinger also looked at UND Police Department Officer JARED BRAATEN’s SanDisk four (4) gigabyte (GB) flash card, but there were no recordings pertinent to the officer involved shooting investigation.
ND AG WAYNE STENEHJEM
The BCI is an agency of the North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
Stenehjem is running for governor.