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Published February 28, 2011, 05:08 PM

Forman man shoots himself in stomach after police chase

A Forman, N.D., man led authorities on a low-speed chase Monday for about 26 miles before shooting himself in the stomach.

A Forman, N.D., man led authorities on a low-speed chase Monday for about 26 miles before shooting himself in the stomach.

Sargent County Sheriff Travis Paeper said deputies began looking for the 61-year-old man about 5:15 p.m. Monday after his family called authorities, concerned for his welfare. They said the man had left the house around 7 a.m. and not yet returned, which was uncharacteristic for him.

About 6:45 p.m., a Sargent County deputy located the man driving about four miles north of Rutland and initiated a traffic stop.

The man got out of his vehicle and the deputy saw he had a long gun. The deputy took cover behind his squad car and heard a shot go off before the man left in his vehicle once again, Paeper said.

The deputy followed the man, who headed north and west, before he was forced to stop due to a snow-packed road about three miles northwest of Gwinner.

“Speeds were minimal in this pursuit; the highest speed reached was 40 mph,” Paeper said.

The man once again got out of his vehicle and displayed his gun before shooting himself in the abdomen.

The man was flown to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

Paeper said the man refused to comply with any orders from law enforcement at the scene. He said that although the man displayed the gun, he did not point it at law enforcement.

The incident is still under investigation. Paeper said they are not releasing the name of the man at this time but he has no criminal history or history of mental illness. Paeper said the man may have been suffering from a medical condition.

Paeper said the case will be forwarded to the state’s attorney for review.

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