A tragic incident has unfolded involving the son of North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer, leading to the death of a local law enforcement officer.
A high-speed police chase involving Senator Kevin Cramer's son culminated in a fatal crash, ending the life of a Mercer County sheriff's deputy.
The events unfurled on the morning of December 6, 2023, when Ian Cramer, the 42-year-old son of the senator, was involved in a high-speed police chase. Ian was driving a stolen vehicle, and the pursuit ended abruptly with a devastating crash. The impact tragically resulted in the death of a Mercer County sheriff's deputy.
The deputy was standing behind his parked patrol vehicle, getting ready to deploy a tire deflation device when the incident happened. The crash was so severe that the impact pushed the parked patrol vehicle into the deputy, causing fatal injuries.
Following the crash, Ian Cramer was taken into custody. With visible physical injuries, he was initially transported to a nearby hospital before being moved to a detention center.
Senator Cramer disclosed that his son suffers from severe mental health issues, including paranoia and hallucinations. These problems are believed to have contributed to the unfortunate events.
The senator explained that his son is battling serious mental health issues, including intense paranoia and hallucinations.
He was with his mother, Kris, when he expressed a strong desire to see his brother Ike, who passed away in 2018.
According to Cramer, his wife accompanied their son to the emergency room at Sanford Health in Bismarck. However, when she exited the vehicle, their son moved to the driver's seat and drove away.
The senator detailed how their daughter used Kris' cell phone to track the car, guiding officers to locate him in Mercer County, North Dakota. He mentioned that they are currently short on details but are committed to collaborating with authorities to keep the public adequately informed.
He expressed deep sorrow over the incident and its tragic outcome. The senator also extended his condolences to the family of the deceased officer and made an appeal for prayers for his own family and his son, Ian.
"I will take the first flight I can to be with our family as we grieve what has happened. We grieve especially for the family of the hero who tried to help Ian, and we pray for our gracious God to show up as He always does in tragedy. We ask the public for prayers for the lost officer’s family and colleagues who serve us every day and are grateful for all they do for us. We also ask God for healing for Ian. We love him and hurt deeply."