Mandan police officer who shot suspect cleared of wrongdoing

MANDAN (AP) — A Mandan police officer who shot a man has been cleared of wrongdoing.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office says it will file no charges against officer Leo Belgarde after a state crime bureau investigation into the Oct. 9 incident in which 26-year-old Jared Galusha was shot but survived.

Authorities say they were trying to arrest Galusha on warrants when he drove a vehicle in the direction of officers. Belgarde fired two shots, and one of them struck Galusha.

Galusha earlier had said he was shot once in the back and once in the rib cage as he put his hands up.

Galusha has been charged with reckless endangerment and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. Court documents don’t list an attorney for him.


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