Mandan officer involved in fatal crash

The officer was not injured, but a motorcyclist died after the crash, according to state troopers.


MANDAN, N.D. — A Saturday, May 20, crash that involved a Mandan police officer has killed a motorcyclist, authorities said.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol named the Mandan Officer as 26-year-old Halima Khalifa. She was not injured in the crash, but the motorcyclist, 76-year-old Ronald Dale Shaw, died from injuries suffered in the crash, according to a news release from the Highway Patrol. Both are from Mandan, the Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened about 6:15 p.m. Saturday in an uncontrolled intersection at Fifth Street Southwest and Eighth Avenue Southwest in Mandan. Shaw was driving a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle north on Eighth Avenue when he collided with the westbound 2018 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor driven by Khalifa, a news release said.

The motorcycle hit the front left quarter of the police car, and Shaw was thrown from his seat, the release said. He was not wearing a helmet, a state trooper said.

The State Patrol said the crash did not happen during a pursuit. It is investigating the crash for potential charges, according to a news release.


The Mandan Police Department initially put out its own news release saying one of its officers had been involved in a crash that sent one to the hospital. The agency revealed few details about the crash but noted its officer was not injured.

“The North Dakota Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation,” the release said. “No further information will be released by the Mandan Police Department until the completion of the Highway Patrol investigation.”

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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