North Dakota man convicted of shooting, injuring two officers in Wisconsin

Nathanael Benton still faces an attempted murder charge in Fargo after police said he shot a man before fleeing and being arrested in Wisconsin.

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — A Fargo man has been convicted of shooting and injuring two police officers in Wisconsin.

On Thursday, June 9, a jury in Waukesha found Nathanael Benton, 25, guilty of first-degree attempted homicide, reckless endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 29 and faces life in prison.

Benton is wanted in North Dakota’s Cass County District Court on a felony charge of attempted murder. He is suspected of shooting Nathan Crawford from behind on Nov. 1, 2020, in downtown Fargo.

Crawford was treated at a hospital and survived the shooting.

Benton fled the scene and was found by police less than a week later in Delafield, Wisconsin. Officers responded to a hotel there for a report of a parked vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.


Benton, who had been picked up by the driver of the vehicle, pulled a gun out and started shooting at officers after they asked to search his backpack, the complaint alleged.

Two officers survived gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening.

Benton was arrested in a field after the shooting.

He also is slated to go to trial next month on attempted homicide and other charges in connection to allegations that he attacked a jail inmate on Dec. 14. Court documents alleged Benton stabbed and choked the inmate while awaiting trial in the police shooting case.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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