Deputy Killed in Police Chase of Senator's Son

Ian Cramer charged with manslaughter as Sen. Kevin Cramer asks public to pray for officer's family, colleagues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2023 8:40 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2023 5:10 PM CST
Deputy Killed in Police Chase of Senator's Son
Sen. Kevin Cramer talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington earlier this year.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

This file has been updated with the charges.
A deputy in North Dakota was killed Wednesday in the police pursuit of a stolen SUV being driven by a US senator's son, authorities say. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the Mercer County Sheriff's deputy was killed when a stolen SUV driven by Ian Cramer, son of Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer, crashed head-on into an unoccupied patrol vehicle, KFYR reports. The highway patrol says the crash pushed the vehicle into the deputy, who had been standing behind it, preparing to deploy a tire deflation device.

Ian Cramer, 42, was charged Thursday with felony counts of manslaughter, fleeing a police officer, and reckless endangerment, per the AP. He also faces a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license. The highway patrol said Cramer had been taken to a medical center and then to the McLean County Detention Center, CBS News reports. In a statement Wednesday night, the senator said his son was "involved in a police chase which resulted in an accident that killed an officer. Ian suffers from serious mental disorders which manifest in severe paranoia and hallucinations." The senator said his wife, Kris, "was with Ian when he insisted on going to his brother Ike. Ike died in 2018. Kris took Ian to the Sanford Health emergency room in Bismarck. When she got out of our vehicle, Ian jumped into the driver's seat and fled."

"Our daughter was able to track the car through Kris' cell phone and lead officers to him in Mercer County," the senator said. Cramer said he would take the first flight he could to be with his family. "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," the senator said, asking the public to pray for the officer's family and colleagues. "We also ask God for healing for Ian," Cramer said. "We love him and hurt deeply." (More Kevin Cramer stories.)

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