Scott Luck, Minot, accused of threatening to kill police officer and police dog

Scott Ryan Luck, 40, Minot, is accused of threatening to kill Minot Police Department senior patrol officer Matthew Pappenfus and police dog Mace on Saturday night after Luck fled from a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper who had tried to pull him over for driving drunk.

Luck is charged in district court in Minot with Class C felony terrorizing, Class A misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and Class B misdemeanor DUI, refusal of chemical test.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the trooper spotted Luck turning into Robindale Trailer Park in southeast Minot and saw the vehicle, which was still running, parked in the middle of the roadway with the driver’s side door open. Two witnesses told the trooper they had seen Luck get out of the vehicle and run north between trailers. Minot police, who were investigating a reported burglary at the trailer park, later located Luck in his son’s trailer next to the trailer that had been broken into. Pappenfus and his police dog were outside the door and ordered Luck to come out of the residence. Luck allegedly replied that he was not coming out and that he had a weapon. Luck allegedly yelled that the police would have to shoot him and he wanted them to shoot him. Pappenfus sent his dog Mace into the trailer to find and apprehend Luck. Luck allegedly yelled back that he was going to shoot the dog and shoot police. Pappenfus then immediately called the dog out of the trailer and told officers to back away and establish a perimeter around the trailer. Pappenfus wrote in the affidavit that he was afraid Luck might kill the dog. He was also afraid Luck might come out of the trailer and start shooting at officers and hurt or kill them. The situation was made worse because Luck had threatened “suicide by cop,” wrote Pappenfus.

Luck eventually came out of the trailer on his own and was placed under arrest.


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