A North Dakota law enforcement officer says there is no evidence the teenager who was fatally shot over a ‘political dispute’ was a member of an ‘extremist Republican group’, according to a report.
Shannon Brandt, 41, told police he hit 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his SUV at a street party in the small town of McHenry early Sunday morning and fled the scene because the teenager had threatened him. Ellingson was taken to hospital and later died.
Brandt also told police that Ellingson said he was a member of an unnamed far-right group.
But North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital on Thursday that “there is no evidence to support Brandt’s claim” that Ellingson was part of such a group. .
“This remains an active investigation and as evidence is gathered and reviewed, we will consult with the Foster County State’s Attorney to determine if Brandt’s current charges will remain…or if additional charges will be filed. brought against him,” Niewind said.
After the crash, Brandt reportedly told police he had been drinking and had a blood alcohol level of 0.08, the legal limit. He was released on $50,000 bail after being charged with criminal homicide while driving a vehicle and leaving the scene of a fatal crash, the outlet said.
Brandt also told police he attacked Ellingson because ‘he had a political argument with’ him and believed the teenager was ‘calling people to come get him,’ according to court documents obtained. by Fox Digital.
Ellingson had called his mother twice during the incident; the first time to ask her if she knew who Brandt was, and the second time to warn that “he” or “they” were after him, the documents reportedly said.
Parents of the teenage victim told police they knew Brandt but did not believe Cayler had met him before the fatal encounter.
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