UPDATED: Officers shoot and kill Mississippi man in Dickinson after high-speed chase, search of homes
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A 31-year-old Mississippi man living in southwest North Dakota was identified Monday as the suspect shot by a Dickinson police officer on Saturday evening.
Timothy Ray Bowling initially led an officer on a high-speed pursuit through a residential area in a stolen Dodge pickup. He eventually abandoned the vehicle in the neighborhood and fled on foot. He was shot after the Southwest Tactical Team and other officers located him in a residence.
A Sunday morning statement from the Dickinson Police Department said Bowling put officers in “a deadly force situation.” Bowling, who was armed with a handgun, attempted to flee on foot toward perimeter officers outside of the residence when he was shot. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson, where he died.
Bowling had a New England, N.D., address but had moved to the area from Mississippi, according to a statement released Monday by the Dickinson Police Department.
The shooting involved both a Dickinson Police officer and a Stark County Sheriff’s deputy, police Capt. Joe Cianni said in Monday’s statement. The case has been turned over to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation because the shooting involved an officer.
The officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave until the BCI finishes its investigation into whether the shooting was justified and won't be identified until that investigation is complete. The BCI had no comment on the investigation.
Bowling was scheduled to go to trial July 16 on felony burglary charges. Bowling and co-defendant Donald Sumpter are charged with breaking into the Farmer's Daughter Cafe in South Heart and stealing $400 of cash and goods in January. Sumpter’s trial is set to begin Aug. 27.
Officers initially responded to the 1000 block of Ninth Street East at about 6:30 p.m. after a 911 report of possible gunshots being fired and a Dodge pickup fleeing the area where the gunshots were heard.
An officer saw a Dodge pickup matching the description driving recklessly and erratically after reaching the scene. The officer attempted to catch up to the pickup, which immediately accelerated and led the officer on a pursuit before finally reaching a different residential neighborhood. After the short pursuit, the driver abruptly stopped at the 200 block of Adams Avenue, abandoned the pickup and fled on foot. Authorities learned that Bowling had known acquaintances at the 1000 block of Carroll Street, where he was eventually located.
While preparing to sweep the neighborhood, authorities learned a victim had reported that Bowling, who was known to her, had fired a shot at her with a handgun while she was a passenger in the vehicle. She established Bowling’s identity and that he remained armed.
An inspection of the vehicle determined it to contain a number of items believed to be stolen from a business early Saturday morning.
The reverse 911 notification system was used to caution and advise those living in the affected neighborhood to stay in their homes. Residents reported Southwest Tactical Team team members going in and out of homes, searching yards, buildings and homes after the reverse 911 call stated that law enforcement were looking for a 31-year-old male and advised residents in the Carroll Street area to stay inside.
The area was cleared at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Dickinson Police Capt. David Wilkie said Monday morning that the incident was not connected to the Dickinson trailer park shooting on Friday morning, where a suspect allegedly tried to break into a camper being used as a permanent residence and fired a "long gun" at residents of a trailer, wounding one.
Wilkie said the suspect is “technically still at-large” and “no arrests have been made” in that case.