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Shannon Brandt charged with murder in death of Cayler Ellingson, who was allegedly ‘ran over’ by SUV

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Shannon Brandt, the man who is accused of fatally hitting Cayler Ellingson with an SUV, has been charged with murder in the death of the 18-year-old, and new information alleges that the teenager was run over by an SUV.

Brandt, 41, was initially arrested after police say that he fatally hit Ellingson with an SUV during the early morning hours of September 18 after a street dance that took place at a local bar in McHenry, North Dakota. Court documents state that Brandt initially fled the scene and told a 911 operator that Ellingson was part of a “Republican extremist group,” adding that the teenager was calling on others to come “get him.”

He was released from jail September 20 after posting a $50,000, and while he was not placed on house arrest or curfew, but could not leave North Dakota or drink. 

Ellingson was taken to a local hospital after the incident, but later died.

Shannon Brandt, the man who is accused of fatally hitting Cayler Ellingson with an SUV, has been charged with murder in the death of the 18-year-old, and new information alleges that the teenager was run over by an SUV.

Shannon Brandt, the man who is accused of fatally hitting Cayler Ellingson with an SUV, has been charged with murder in the death of the 18-year-old, and new information alleges that the teenager was run over by an SUV.
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North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital that there was “no evidence” suggesting that the teenager was part of a “Republican extremist group” or that the incident involved politics.

Foster County State’s Attorney Kara Brinster announced Friday that Brandt is being charged with murder in addition to duty in an accident involving death. Brinster said that the charge of criminal vehicular homicide has been dismissed because of the new murder charge.

Brandt turned himself in on Friday at the Stutsman County Correction Center. The new charges are the result of an investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Foster County Sheriff’s Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A probable cause affidavit for the new charges states that Brandt asked the 911 operator if he was going to prison.

Shannon Brandt, the man who is accused of fatally hitting Cayler Ellingson with an SUV, has been charged with murder in the death of the 18-year-old, and new information alleges that the teenager was run over by an SUV.

Shannon Brandt, the man who is accused of fatally hitting Cayler Ellingson with an SUV, has been charged with murder in the death of the 18-year-old, and new information alleges that the teenager was run over by an SUV.
(Stutsman County Correction Center/Facebook)

“I just wanna ask you a question, am I going to prison?,” Brandt asked the 911 operator, according to the document.

During the 911 call, Brandt “made comments regarding the incident being intentional and not an accident,” according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, when the 911 operator asked “he wouldn’t let your vehicle go then what happened,” and Brandt responded “yes I…I just tried to take of en , he..he wasn’t going to let me go, I I hit him I didn’t mean to and and he’s subdued I was scared to death but he’s subdued, he can’t do anything to me now so, so this is why I’m calling you.”

“I mean I…I almost oh god, I almost just runaway but I thought jeez obviously if it was a total accident I wouldn’t be scared but I know it was more than that,” Brandt said, according to the affidavit.

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Ellingson called his mother before Brandt admitted to using an SUV to hit him, according to an affidavit, and told her that “‘he’ or ‘they’ were chasing him.” The mother told her son that she was “on her way to get him” prior to that call, the affidavit stated.

Brandt also told the 911 operator that Ellingson “wouldn’t let him leave” and made a call to someone saying “something to the effect of your going to have to come here and handle him.”

According to the affidavit, during the time period between 2:00 a.m. and 2:42 a.m., Ellingson only placed and received phone calls to his mother and father.

An autopsy performed on Ellingson indicated that his injuries were caused by being “ran over” by the SUV, and not by being struck by the front of the car.

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A photo shows mugshot for Shannon Brandt, the man who admitted to hitting an 18-year-old with his car after the pair had a "political dispute." Outset image shows partially redacted court records

A photo shows mugshot for Shannon Brandt, the man who admitted to hitting an 18-year-old with his car after the pair had a “political dispute.” Outset image shows partially redacted court records
(Stutsman County Corrections/Court records)

Ellingson made a call at 2:34 a.m. to his mother stating that “maybe he should call his cousins or posse,” according to the affidavit, adding that the mother did not know if her son was feeling threatened yet, and told him that he “didn’t need to do that and that she was on her way to pick” him up.

Ellingson’s last call with his mother was at 2:42 a.m., when he stated “something to the effect of they are after me or he is after me,” and the call dropped, according to the affidavit.

Brandt was due in court on Friday morning for a bond hearing.

During a court hearing on Sept. 19, Brandt disagreed with the proposed bail amount, stating that he is not a flight risk and has a life that he needs to get back to.

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Family and friends of Cayler Ellingson attend his funeral at The Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington, North Dakota on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Over a hundred people packed the small church to pay their respects after Ellingson was allegedly mowed down by an SUV during the early morning hours of Sept. 18, 2022, following a street dance at a local bar in McHenry, North Dakota.

Family and friends of Cayler Ellingson attend his funeral at The Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington, North Dakota on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Over a hundred people packed the small church to pay their respects after Ellingson was allegedly mowed down by an SUV during the early morning hours of Sept. 18, 2022, following a street dance at a local bar in McHenry, North Dakota.
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“I have a job, a life and a house and things that I don’t exactly want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt said.

A funeral for Ellingson was held on Monday.



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At least 3 people killed and 11 others injured in Brazil school shootings

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Red flag fire warnings over CA winds canceled as storm system dies down

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Red flag warnings for fire danger in parts of Southern California were canceled Friday as Santa Ana winds declined, although forecasters noted that dry conditions would continue into the weekend.

Southern California Edison’s website showed no remaining public safety power shutoffs.

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California officials warned of increased wildfire risks due to seasonal Santa Ana winds, though those warnings were retracted Friday.

California officials warned of increased wildfire risks due to seasonal Santa Ana winds, though those warnings were retracted Friday.
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No major fires were reported during the latest Santa Ana wind event.

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The most extreme gusts reached 99 miles per hour in mountains north of Los Angeles, and 88 miles per hour on a San Diego County peak, the National Weather Service said.



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