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Authorities ID man who died after shootout with Bismarck police officers

Eric Hermanson, 31, died on Monday, May 2, in a mobile home park in east Bismarck after he allegedly shot at officers during a foot pursuit

Bismarck Police officers near the mobile home park in East Bismarck on Monday, May 2, where a suspected car thief died after he and a Bismarck police officer exchanged gunfire during a pursuit.
Michelle Griffith / The Forum
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BISMARCK — The Bismarck Police Department on Tuesday, May 3, released the name of the man who died after he and officers exchanged gunfire in a mobile home park.

Eric Anthony Hermanson, 31, died on Monday, May 2, in a mobile home park in east Bismarck after he allegedly shot at officers during a foot pursuit. Hermanson and two Bismarck police officers were involved in the shootout.

Authorities said Hermanson, a Bismarck resident, barricaded himself in a shed where they later found him deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. It's unclear whether Hermanson sustained the gunshot from the shooting with the officers or if it was self-inflicted, officials said. No officers were injured in the incident.

Though the officers were at the mobile home park investigating a stolen vehicle, officials did not confirm whether Hermanson stole the vehicle.

The Bismarck Police Department has not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting, which the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations is now investigating.


Hermanson has an extensive criminal background, according to court records, and he was a registered sex offender as of March 4.

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Eric Anthony Hermanson.
Photo taken from the North Dakota Sex Offender Registry.

The North Dakota Sex Offender Registry states Hermanson was convicted of gross sexual imposition in Williams County District Court in 2012. His risk level was "low" and he was classified as having "delinquent" status, meaning he did not submit proper registration to law enforcement about his current whereabouts or a change of name, according the state's sex offender registry. The registry states "Delinquent offenders cannot be mapped, as their address in unknown."

Hermanson has pleaded guilty to multiple felony theft charges, the most recent of which was filed in December in Emmons County, court records show.

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Michelle (she/her, English speaker) is a Bismarck-based journalist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.
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