Altru shooting 911 records: ‘Second person’ and ‘thousands of pills’ cast doubt upon official narrative of Altru police shooting
Did call to police by Wells Fargo cleaning lady interrupt drug activity involving law enforcement?
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 3, 2016, 1:22 P.M. CST
Was David James Elliott shot six times, including three times in the head, by a UND police officer, after a cleaning lady’s call to police interrupted drug activity in a vehicle that contained a law enforcement officer?
Evidence is emerging as Write Into Action investigates.
‘Thousands of pills’ and an ‘unidentified second person’ in the vehicle of the unarmed man shot by a UND police officer in February, 2015, is creating serious questions about the true events surrounding the Altru hospital parking lot shooting of David James Elliott.
Write Into Action has acquired a transcription of the call to police by Karen Yungen, the cleaning lady at Wells Fargo Bank, Grand Forks, who called police on February 27, 2015, reporting a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.
In the transcription, which contains no “Time” for the call, Yungen said there’s “people in the truck”.
The Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) has never named any second person being in Elliott’s vehicle or involved in the events that unfolded, which involved:
According to records obtained by Write Into Action from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Special Agent Quam reported, “Also, located during the search of the vehicle were thousands of prescription pills.”
Oddly, no criminal charges involving drugs were ever brought in the case, which is now concluded.
Statements by the GFPD appear to support Yungen’s reference to multiple persons in Elliott’s vehicle. During a press conference on March 3, 2015, Lt Dwight Love, GFPD, referred to more than one person being in the vehicle.
BCI documents also reveal very strange discrepancies between the time of Yungen’s 10:41 P.M. call to police, and the time of the (Yungen) call stated in the BCI interview of the responding officer, Dan Harvala.
“The cleaning woman inside the bank called in the complaint around 11:30 p.m., to 11:40 p.m.” the BCI report said.
The significantly later, 11:30 – 11:40 P.M. time-window, stated in the BCI report, receives support in another statement made by Lt. Love where he refers to the call being made in the “morning hours”.
Questions also exist about how many officers initially responded to the Wells Fargo Bank suspicious vehicle call. Statements by Lt. Love during the March 3, 2015 press conference indicate multiple officers responded.
The reference to multiple officers is odd, because there is no indication that any other officer except Harvala was involved in the initial attempted traffic stop of Elliott; and the BCI report does not state any other officer being with Harvala in his squad car.
Another example of Lt. Love referring to multiple police officers being involved in the very first attempt to pull Elliott over for running s atop sign is when he said, “They initiated a traffic stop.”
Write Into Action is investigating several other official statements that don’t seem to fit the official narrative given to the public by law enforcement.
One BCI entry is very odd when viewed in the chronological timeline “Trooper (Brittany) Schmidt stated at 11:30 p.m., the vehicle from the earlier pursuit was located in Grand Forks. There was no pursuit at this time,” said the BCI report.
Another BCI entry is odd and involves the possible second person.
It is not yet known if Elliott dropped someone off by the side of I-29 for Peschong to pick up.
Write Into Action presently has multiple outstanding requests for public records to the GFPD and UND Police Departments.
UND Police Chief Eric Plummer has not responded whatsoever to Write Into Action’s request for public records.
Karen Yungen was contacted but did not reply.