Authorities Shoot Kidnapping Suspect Who Held Gun to Girl's Head
Jan. 30, 1996
FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ A man who apparently kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and led officers on a two-state chase was shot by police today after holding a gun to the girl's head and saying, ``I'm going to kill her.''
The suspect was seriously wounded in the shooting in a residential section of Fargo after leading authorities on a chase from Minnesota, said Sheriff Larry Costello of Clay County, Minn.
``One of our deputies got a clear shot and took him out,'' Costello said.
The suspect is expected to survive, the sheriff said.
He said the girl was unhurt but was taken into a hospital for examination. Two other suspects were taken into custody, and a search was under way for two more, he said.
Costello said authorities don't know yet what led to the apparent kidnapping. No names have been released.
Around 4 a.m., authorities were summoned to the home of John Bye, a farmer near Rustad, Minn., believed to be a relative of the girl, he said. When they arrived, a car containing two suspects and the 10-year-old girl pulled out of the driveway, Costello said.
Authorities confronted the pair, and one man got out of the car with the girl. Costello said he held her by the waist and put a handgun to her head.
``He said `I'm going to kill her. I've got nothing to lose, I'm going to kill her,''' the sheriff said.
Fearing the girl would be killed if they interfered, officers allowed the man to get into a sheriff's department jeep. They sped away with authorities in pursuit. The second man was arrested without incident.
Costello said authorities followed the suspect on Highway 81 into North Dakota. He said the suspect stopped in Fargo, roughly 15 miles from Rustad, and again threatened to kill the girl. It was then that he was shot, Costello said.
Costello had no information on what role the other suspects are accused of playing.