According to court documents, a North Dakota man who admitted to running over and killing a teenager said he did so because he thought the teenager was part of a “republican extremist group.”
Shannon Joseph Brandt, 41, was charged with one count of vehicle manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of an accident in the death of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson on September 18. He is also charged. driving under the influence. Authorities said after he tested above the legal limit for alcohol.
The incident happened in McHenry, North Dakota, which has a population of less than 40.
According to an affidavit probable cause Published by Law & CrimeBrandt told investigators that he and the young man had a verbal argument about politics at a local street dance. “Brandt indicated that the pedestrian had called several people and Brandt feared they would come looking for him,” the affidavit read. “Brandt admitted to State Radio that he punched pedestrians and pedestrians were part of an extremist group of the Republican Party.”
After Brandt allegedly ran down Ellingson, he left the scene and went home, but told police he then turned around and called 911, telling the dispatcher he was “beating pedestrians for people” walking is threatening him.”
He then left again before first responders arrived, authorities said. Ellingson was found lying on the street and taken to hospital, but he later died from his injuries.
According to court documents, his mother showed investigators a radically different version of events. She said the teenager called around 2:41 a.m. to ask if his parents knew Brandt. He then called back a short time later and “says ‘he’ or ‘they’ are chasing him,” and then she was unable to contact him.
One GoFundMe set up to help the Ellingson family cover funeral expenses, the boy was described as a “wonderful and lovely” son and said he was “taken away too soon”. The fundraiser raised nearly $28,000 as of Thursday morning.
The teenager’s public Facebook profile shows that he was studying to become an ultrasound technologist after graduating from high school just a few months ago.
Brandt, who was first arrested at his home for driving under the influence and later charged with felony hit-and-run related felonies, has since been released from Foster County Jail with a no. money 50,000 dollars.