Man Ran Down, Killed Teen He Thought Was ‘Republican Extremist’: Police


Police in North Dakota say a man who ran down and murdered a youngster in an alleyway while intoxicated said the 18-year-old was a “Republican radical” and had been threatening him following a dispute over politics.

In McHenry, a small hamlet two hours northwest of Fargo, Shannon Brandt, 41, was charged with vehicular murder in connection with Cayler Ellingson’s death on Sunday. According to court records cited by WDAY, Brandt informed the police that a political disagreement was the cause of the death.

According to Captain Bryan Niewind of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, “He was the one who contacted 911 to report the crash.”

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Cayler Ellingson, 18, died Sunday after allegedly being run down by a drunk driver who thought he was a “Republican extremist.” (GoFundMe)

 

Brandt dialed 911 around 2:30 in the morning. Sunday and claimed to have ran down Ellingson, according to a criminal complaint, the website reported. After a political debate, Brandt, who police said was intoxicated, claimed Ellingson was a member of a Republican extreme group and was encouraging others to assault Brandt, according to the website.

According to the prosecution, Ellingson called his mother just before he was killed to report that Brandt, whom she knew, was pursuing him after what was allegedly a street dance. Her son was already deceased when the mom arrived on the scene, in an alleyway. The distraught mother admitted to authorities that she doesn’t think her son knew who killed his killer.

According to Niewind, “We are still attempting to ascertain precisely what happened at the moment of the crash and before that as well. We are unaware of any witnesses. We are currently attempting to speak with any potential witnesses from the street dance who were there when the collision occurred.

 

 

Brandt was initially detained at the Statesman County Jail before posting $50,000 bond; if found guilty of the new charge, he may spend up to 20 years in prison. As the investigation progresses, authorities warned he might be charged with more serious offenses.

“I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge, according to WDAY.

In order to cover the cost of his funeral, Ellingson’s friends and family started a GoFundMe page. They also mentioned how distraught his parents, Sheri and Cole, and brother, Chase, are.

According to Nicole Clifton Geiszler’s essay, “Chase and Cayler are the center of Sheri and Cole’s lives.” “Unfortunately, on Sunday, September 18, 2022, early in the morning, their lives were permanently altered. They lost Cayler and their other son, Chase, far too soon. Losing a kid is something that no parent should ever experience in their lives.C


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