Retired Sheriff secretly involved in slow speed pursuit of vehicle carrying thousands of pills – ended in shooting

ND AG agents covering up crimes for police – questions created about Andrew Sadek investigation

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on January 15, 2017, 10:45 A.M. CST

From unexplained police shootings to unexplained deaths to the senseless death of a young college student named Andrew Sadek – the State of North Dakota is drowning in questions.

Was a former North Dakota Sheriff secretly involved in a slow speed pursuit of an unarmed motorist that was ultimately shot by police?

Records that show former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild was involved in the pursuit of David James Elliott were obtained by Write Into Action from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI); obtained only after a very long game of hide n’ go seek by the BCI, Grand Forks Police Department, and Grand Forks County PSAP.

The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, which oversees the BCI, attempted to hide the existence of 911 and police cam evidence in the case by not recording the collection of the evidence into inventory.

Write Into Action obtained the 911 recording and police videos from the BCI after using recorded statements from BCI agents during post-shooting interviews wherein they referred to the evidence – which proved the agency possessed the data.

There now exists a Tsunami of evidence that shows law enforcement in North Dakota is conspiring within to protect itself from lawsuits and federal prosecution.

Write Into Action’s continuing investigation shows the cover-up is connected to former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild.

And…

It appears Wild’s involvement is being covered up by law enforcement officials including the present Sheriff of Walsh County, North Dakota.

Let’s get to it.

Evidence shows the Walsh County Sheriff’s Department was involved in the pursuit of David James Elliott on February 27-28, 2015. The Elliott pursuit spanned multiple counties and ended in the parking lot of a Grand Forks hospital where he was shot by a University of North Dakota police officer.

However…

Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens told Write Into Action, “Walsh County had no involvement with the chase or anything involving that case.”

But…that’s simply not true.

Public records clearly show Walsh County was involved.

During a 911 call made by David James Elliott on February 27-28, 2015, Elliott, who was refusing to pull over for police on Interstate 29, north of Grand Forks, said former Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild was following him.

The biggest, amongst the many problems with Wild’s alleged involvement in the pursuit was that he was/is no longer the Sheriff. Wild exited office for retirement after being named a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by Walsh County Deputy Ron Nord.

The Walsh County Press reported on Lauren Wild’s retirement party in their January 14, 2015 edition.

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Walsh was no longer a member of law enforcement and should not have been involved in pursuing vehicles.

So…

Is there any reason why a controversial career sheriff might be interjecting himself into a midnight pursuit instead of being at home in bed sleeping?

Well…

Actually…

Perhaps…

Yes.

Elliott had in his possession “thousands of pills” according to the BCI.

While talking to Grand Forks Police Officer Matthew Bullinger over 911 while he was being followed by police, Elliott reacted when he saw a vehicle pass him. “Oh, now he’s stopping. Now he’s turning around. Walsh County Sheriff’s Department -Lauren,” Elliott said.

BCI records appear to show that there was in fact a Walsh County Sheriff’s Office vehicle involved in the pursuit. “Grand Forks Police Department Officer Matt Bullinger stated that DAVID ELLIOTT mentioned the Walsh County Sheriff’s deputy’s name and that he did not like him,” BCI agent Michael Ness reported.

Agent Ness’ assertion that David Elliott did not like the “Walsh County Sheriff’s deputy” makes no sense because Elliott was afraid of “Lauren Wild” – and Wild was/is not a deputy – he was a former sheriff.

Ness omitted Wild’s name and title.

This is bad, folks.

Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens said the sheriff’s office had no involvement whatsoever.

Jurgens’ statement appears to be false on its face.

The BCI interviewed North Dakota State Trooper Matthew Peschong regarding his involvement in the pursuit of David Elliott. “Trooper Peschong received a call from Walsh County, North Dakota. Dispatch advised him that the vehicle involved in the earlier pursuit was parked at the Oslo exit on Interstate 29 (I-29),” the BCI report said.

That statement directly contradicts Jurgens’ claim that Walsh County had no involvement.

And…

New information obtained by Write Into Action reveals another police officer, Sgt, Mark Ellingson, Grand Forks Police, also said the Walsh County Sheriff’s Office was involved.

“We had called Grafton PD. We told Grafton and I think they contacted Walsh County, NDHP, and then of course GFSO already knew,” Ellingson told BCI agents.

Write Into Action contacted Sheriff Jurgens for a comment regarding emerging information that shows Walsh County was involved but Jurgens did not respond.

Evidence shows Wild was involved in the Elliott case at some level.

During an interview with the BCI, David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, along with her mother Margaret Dolan, said Wild was talking about the shooting. The two ladies said Wild knew UND police officer Jerad Braaten – the police officer that shot David Elliott.

Jennifer Elliott and Dolan claimed Braaten had once worked for the Grafton Police Department.

BCI AGENT SCOTT KRAFT: Can I ask where you got that information?”

JENNIFER ELLIOT: Lauren Wild.

MARGARET DOLAN: Lauren Wild.

“[Jerad Braaten] worked at Grafton – that’s what Lauren Wild was saying – that he was asked to leave. That’s what we were hearing from Lauren Wild that he worked for the Grafton police – he was let go – he was asked to leave,” Jennifer Elliott said.

Write Into Action contacted Grafton Police Chief Anthony Dumas and inquired about Wild’s claims. “Jerad Braaten has never had any affiliation with the Grafton Police Department. He was never employed here, therefore, couldn’t have been asked to resign. Retired Sheriff Lauren Wild was mistaken when he commented on this,” Chief Dumas said.

Jennifer Elliott said Wild was a friend of their family.

“We’re from Grafton. Grafton’s my home town. So, Lauren Wild would be a good friend to my mom’s brothers. Yeah, so we know him very well,” Jennifer Elliott said.

During the pursuit, David Elliott was experiencing extreme anxiety over Wild.

“I’ve dealt with a lot police in my time. I’ve never met such a prick in my life. That guy is corrupt! I mean I’m not even kidding you – he is. He’s a corrupt cop. That’s for somebody else to judge and find out. But he’s got away with it for years. I hate him so much I feel like putting it to the floor and seeing what that son-of-a-bitch really has,” Elliott said.

Elliott appeared to suggest that he knew Wild was dangerous and violent.

“My whole life I’ve been beat to shit out of by cops. And Lauren has the traits and aspects and everything of the same shit,” David Elliott said.

Elliott repeatedly explained to GFDP Bullinger over the PSAP (911) line that he was not stopping his vehicle because he was afraid of Lauren Wild. “I’m sorry but I don’t trust that cop Lauren. It’s his vehicle; I know his vehicle; he’s a fucking asshole; the most crookedest cop,” David Elliott said.

During post shooting interviews BCI agent Michael Ness made numerous statements that have created significant suspicions about the integrity of BCI investigations.

Ness told Jennifer Elliott that he knew Jerad Braaten (the rookie cop on his first job that is heard planning a confrontation with Elliott on cam recording; the rookie cop that was not scheduled to work on the night in question; the rookie cop that was ‘training’ a UNDPD female intern on the night he was not scheduled to work; the rookie cop that asked the UNDPD female intern he was ‘training’ to fix his body-cam on his shirt only minutes before shooting someone; the rookie cop that did not have his body cam on during the several hours he was (supposedly) already working; the rookie cop that has his body-cam on wrong so it captured no visual; the rookie cop that (supposedly) did not activate his dash-cam) and that he was “meticulous” with “attention to detail”.

Ness also attested to the great character of Lauren Wild saying, “Lauren’s probably the nicest guy you’ll ever meet”.

Write Into Action has obtained BCI files regarding the Andrew Sadek case.

READ ALSO:

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The David James Elliott pursuit and shooting

  • David James Elliott telephoned Grand Forks PSAP (911) almost immediately after GFPD Dan Harvala attempted to pull him over for running a red light. David Elliott had no meaningful criminal history and there is no known reason he would feel compelled to flee at very high speeds. He stayed on 911 with a police officer, GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger, for some two hours until he was shot while holding the phone.
  • David Elliott made arrangements to meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger at Altru. After arriving in front of the E/R David Elliott is seen pointing in the direction where UND officer Jerad Braaten is approaching him. He fled again on four flat tires and was shot through his back window by Jerad Braaten.
  • David Elliott was unarmed.
  • David Elliott had thousands of prescription pills in his truck that BCI agent Michael Ness said where in “bags”.
  • Jennifer Elliott, David Elliott’s wife, said all the pills her husband possessed were all coming from Altru doctors.
  •  Grand Forks PSAP deleted the 911 call.
  • UND police officer Jerad Braaten was not scheduled to work on the night he interjected himself into a slow speed pursuit and shot David Elliott.
  • UND police officer Jerad Braaten, a rookie cop on his first job, was inexplicably training an intern (on a night he was not even supposed to work), Heather Hopkins, on the night of the shooting.
  • David Elliott was nearly completely stopped atop the Columbia Road Bridge where he was trying to meet GFPD officer Matthew Bullinger. He continued inching forward as Jerad Braaten was pointing a gun at him.
  • The audio portion of UND police officer Jerad Braaten’s body-cam captured him telling Hopkins he hoped to provoke David Elliott into ramming him.
  • David James Elliott told Write Into Action (Timothy Charles Holmseth) that Jerad Braaten attempted to shoot him minutes before the actual shooting, while atop the Columbia Road Bridge, but his gun jammed.
  • The audio portion of Jerad Braaten’s body-cam reveals a clicking sound on Braaten’s gun that sounds like a misfire atop the Columbia Road Bridge.
  • Jerad Braaten’s dash-cam was never found and/or entered into BCI evidence.
  • Jerad Braaten’s body-cam was found underneath his squad car where he tried to hide it.
  • Jerad Braaten did not put his body-cam on his shirt until a few minutes before he joined the pursuit and shot David Elliott (although he had supposedly been on-duty for hours).
  • Jerad Braaten had UNDPD intern Heather Hopkins put the body-cam on his shirt, which was placed on him improperly and captured no visual (except the moment it’s thrown under the car).
  • After the shooting, the audio portion of Jerad Braaten’s body-cam reveals he asked Heather Hopkins if she saw David Elliott try to run a police officer over. Hopkins promptly replied yes. Braaten then told her he would need a witness statement confirming it and she said she would give it. However, when Hopkins was interviewed by the BCI she balked, and said she didn’t see what happened.
  • GFPD Sgt. Mark Ellingson, the officer that Jerad Braaten said he was worried about, is captured on audio at the scene telling Jerad Braaten he was never in any danger.
  • UNDPD chief Eric Plummer reprimanded Jerad Braaten in writing regarding issues with his police-cams.
  • GFPD chief Mark Nelson subsequently hired Jerad Braaten onto his Department.
  • Videos obtained by Write Into Action have been tampered with by someone using a video editor. For instance – dash-cam from the squad car of GFPD officer Dan Harvala is in clear crisp color on most of the footage. However, the portion that actually shows the shooting in the distance has been converted to black and white which obscures the details.
  • Video showing what happened atop the Columbia Road Bridge has been redacted.
  • Videos obtained by Write Into Action reveal the time-stamps on the dash-cams do not even remotely match the events taking place on the officer body-cams.
  • David Elliot was shot three times in the head and his ear drum was blown out. Two of his fingers were shot off but re-attached.
  • After being hired by the GFPD, Jerad Braaten was at the scene of a fireworks accident in Grand Forks where a man’s fingers were blown off. The fingers disappeared. They were found later on a picnic table in East Grand Forks.

The following is my investigative opinion.

  • It is my investigative opinion that Jerad Braaten sounds like a psychopath when he is talking to Heather Hopkins.
  • It is my opinion Jerad Braaten may have taken the fingers from the fireworks scene and kept them. He may have placed them in the Red River Valley Campground as a trophy of what he did to David Elliott and/or an ominous message to the drug trafficking underworld.
  • It is my opinion GFPD chief Mark Nelson has violated his oath, betrayed the public, and is engaging in extensive efforts to cover up events that involve drug trafficking, shootings, and homicide(s).

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North Dakota police chief is in deep

Mark Nelson needs to stop talking about Evan Poitra and other people’s babies

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 16, 2016, 12:15 P.M. CST

Grand Forks Police Chief Mark nelson is getting deeper and deeper into his slimy efforts to stall his imminent demise.

In today’s issue of the Grad Forks Herald, Nelson was once again featured in an oversized picture using sleek shadow art to push a bogus narrative regarding his fight against drugs in the community (last time he was in a giant photo holding a rifle).

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But, Nelson just can’t ‘hoax media’ himself out of the trouble he is in (neither could Hillary Clinton).

In July, 2016, Nelson issued a ‘Special Order’ so police-cam video of a police shooting of an unarmed man in Grand Forks could be destroyed right in the middle of Write Into Action’s independent investigation.

If Nelson was truly one of the good guys he would ‘find’ the deleted videos and show them to the public.

But, he’s not one of the good guys folks.

Mark Nelson is such a scum-bag he continues to use the name of dead children and talk about funerals that were caused by drugs flowing into the area through a law enforcement drug trafficking ring.

Write Into Action will soon show the public what is really going on, which includes murder cover ups and very scared witnesses that say they are afraid to talk because they are being watched and are afraid for their children.

Have your boys leave some more human body parts laying around campgrounds, Mark.

It don’t matter – I got your number.

The following communications were made by Write Into Action yesterday.

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Public Relations Manager 
Altru Health Systems 
Altru Hospital 
Grand Forks, North Dakota

December 15, 2016

Dear Altru,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

I am presently reviewing BCI interviews conducted in this matter. During the interview between BCI agents and David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, many medical providers were personally named.

According to Jennifer Elliott, Barbara Norman factually knew and expressed her knowledge that David Elliott was addicted to medication.

According to Jennifer Elliott, during the BCI interview she (Jennifer) confronted Barbara Norman about the issue. She told agents she confronted Barbara Norman about the fact she (Norman) was not documenting the fact David Elliott was addicted to the medication. Jennifer Elliott said Barbara Norman replied, “Oh do you want me to put that in there”. Jennifer Elliott said she replied, “You’re the doctor you want me to tell you what you put in the notes”.

Jennifer Elliott further told agents that Altru did not like her (Jennifer) attending the appointments.

The BCI agents were very intent on obtaining copies of Mr. Elliott’s medical records during the shooting investigation.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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Liz Brocker
North Dakota Attorney General

December 15, 2016

Ms. Brocker,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

During an interview between BCI agents and David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, Special Agent Michael Ness spoke of (former) UND police officer Jerad Braaten (now GFPD officer) and said “The times I worked with [Jerad Braaten] he’s a very good officer. He’s very meticulous. Attention to detail.”

Records absolutely prove nothing about Jerad Braaten’s conduct or actions on the night he shot David James Elliott indicate he was “meticulous” with “attention to detail”. He was not wearing his body-cam until a few minutes before he shot David Elliott (although he was supposedly working that night (although he was not scheduled to work) and training an intern (which also appears unscheduled); the body-cam was fixed to capture no visual. His dash-cam is not listed in BCI evidence (disappeared). His body-cam was found (hidden) under his squad car. He was ultimately reprimanded in writing by UND Police Chief Eric Plummer regarding his police-cam issues.

I am curious as to why Special Agent Ness made this flattering comment to Jennifer Elliott considering he (Ness) had already questioned Jerad Braaten and knew about the aforementioned misconduct.

I am wondering if Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has any comment on this and/or other serious issues surrounding this case.

I am wondering if Special Agent Ness is qualified to conduct investigations.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth 
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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From: Timothy Charles Holmseth [mailto:tholmseth@wiktel.com] 
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:21 PM
To: ‘eric.plummer@und.ed’
Cc: ‘lbrocker@nd.gov’
Subject: Attn: Police Chief Plummer

Eric Plummer
Chief of Police
University of North Dakota

December 15, 2016

Mr. Plummer,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

During an interview between BCI agents and David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, she said she knew you from her job in “accounts payable” at the University of North Dakota. She said you spoke to her regarding the shooting of her husband and told her you (or someone) was trying to call him on the telephone on the night in question. She pointed out the strangeness of your statement because David Elliott was on the telephone with 911 the whole night until he was shot by your police officer.

If you would like to comment on Jennifer Elliott’s statement please feel free.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth 
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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Anthony Dumas
Chief of Police
Grafton Police Department

December 15, 2016

Chief Dumas,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

In reviewing BCI interviews, David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, and her mother, [Margaret] Dolan, told agents they were told by (former) Walsh County Sheriff Loren Wild that Jerad Braaten was employed at the Grafton Police Department and was asked to leave.

I would like to know if Jerad Braaten has had ANY affiliation whatsoever with the Grafton Police Department.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth 
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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Neil Carlson
KVLY
Valley News Live

December 15, 2016

Mr. Carlson,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

I am reviewing BCI interviews that include David Elliott’s wife Jennifer Elliott and her mother, Barbra Dolan. During the interview you are mentioned by name and KVLY is accused of publishing fake news.

Nolan and Elliott mentioned an article regarding assertions Jennifer Elliott had obtained a lawyer and was going to sue.

Nolan said, “They manipulate and lie, boy”.

Jennifer Elliott said, “The one day I came home and I just lay down on the couch for a little bit and I’m laying there and you know how they give out the news – the little blip – the advertisement coming up – and I think they said; it was KVLY; well we talked to Jennifer Elliott or something were going to give a update; I sat up off the couch said ‘did they just say…” I’ve never spoken with them. They were calling me wanting to interview – I just said no … I’ve never given them any information whatsoever”.

There was considerable commentary about you.

My research at this point indicates you have done very, very little (if any) investigating in this matter, which would naturally include obtaining police-cams and the 911 call from the pursuit and shooting.

I will likely be publishing content regarding KVLY; feel free to comment on any questions surrounding your journalistic integrity regarding this police shooting story.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
218.773.1299
218.230.1597 (cell)
http://www.writeintoaction.com
tholmseth@wiktel.com                                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009187154735

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell