ROLETTE, N.D. (AP) — A Rolette man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at police during an 8-hour standoff in the town is now accused of killing another man before the standoff.
Forty-nine-year-old Ronald Wootan was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death Tuesday of James Pochant. Details weren’t immediately available. Wootan’s bond was set at $1 million. His attorney didn’t immediately comment.
Wootan also faces felony charges of attempted murder, terrorizing, reckless endangerment and preventing arrest in the Tuesday standoff in which police allege he shot at officers and hit a SWAT vehicle. No one was hurt. Wootan was arrested when he left the house to try to get to a vehicle.
About 30 officers from the Highway Patrol, Border Patrol, a SWAT team and area police departments responded to the scene.