Man charged with prohibited possession of firearm

A 23-year-old Minot man accused of fleeing from police after being stopped for shoplifting at Dakota Square Scheels on Jan. 6 is now charged with Class C felony prohibited possession of a firearm by a felon.

Eric Lee Skorick is being held at the Ward County Jail on an unrelated charge of stealing a car in October 2016.

No hearing date has yet been scheduled for the prohibited possession of a firearm charge.

Skorick pleaded guilty to Class B misdemeanor shoplifting on Feb. 7 in Minot Municipal Court and was ordered to pay $300 in court costs. A restitution hearing is scheduled for March 7.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the district court in Minot, police responded to the shoplifting call at Scheels on the afternoon of Jan. 6. Store security told Minot Police Officer Charles Laboy that Skorick had been detained for stealing a red T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans, which he had concealed on his person. Skorick was taken to the loss prevention office at Scheels by store security, where an officer responded. While Laboy was turning to speak to Skorick, Skorick pulled a small handgun out of his front pocket, put it to his head and said “I am not going back” and “I am not going back to jail.” The store security officer ran out of the door, leaving Laboy alone in the room with Skorick. Laboy then backed out of the room. He attempted to lock Skorick in the room, but wasn’t able to do so. Laboy wrote that he didn’t block the exit because he was afraid Skorick would try to shoot his way out of the store. Skorick ran out of the loss prevention office, out into the store and then out towards the open mall near the Dairy Queen.

The store manager told police that Skorick had earlier been in the hunting and fishing area of the Scheels store and had been carrying a basket around the store containing ammunition. Skorick had dropped the basket before the exit and left the store. Laboy found two boxes of 308 ammunition in the basket Skorick had left behind.

– Andrea Johnson