Bismarck man charged after officer-involved shooting in Mandan

MANDAN, N.D. - A Bismarck man has been charged with reckless endangerment and fleeing in a motor vehicle after an officer-involved shooting in Mandan on Oct. 9.

According to a press release from the Mandan Police Department, the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force saw 26-year-old Jared Galusha, who has nine arrest warrants, near the Frontier Trailer Court in Mandan.

They asked for help from MPD in arresting Galusha.

Officials say Galusha was riding in a red vehicle, and when an officer tried to stop the car, the vehicle went around the patrol car.

The release states a woman was driving, and was told to go around the officer at Galusha’s direction. At that point, other officers arrived and also tried to stop the vehicle. According to the release, Galusha and the woman were told to stop and put their hands up, which the woman did, but reportedly Galusha pressed on the gas pedal.

Authorities say at that point, MPD Officer Leo Belgarde, who was in front of the car, saw the vehicle driving in his direction. Belgarde fired two shots into the vehicle. According to the affidavit, Galusha was struck once. MPD says the red vehicle then hit a law enforcement vehicle.

Galusha was given emergency care until medical personnel arrived.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigated the shooting, and found Belgarde was justified in his use of force, and no charges will be filed against him.

According to online records, Galusha is charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment.