Burglar who shot himself in head after standoff gets probation

The Reeder man who shot himself in the head after a standoff with Dickinson police last December was sentenced to three years of supervised probation Monday during an arraignment at the Stark County Courthouse.

Jeremy Mellmer, 32, had a five-year prison sentenced suspended by Southwest District Court Judge William Herauf after the judge agreed to the Stark County state attorney’s deal to keep the severely injured Mellmer out of the corrections system.

“He shot himself in the head and left himself in considerable poor health, which will greatly impact his life going forward as well as the reality of any extended incarceration,” said James Hope, Stark County assistant state’s attorney.

Mellmer pled guilty Monday to theft of property and burglary charges, both Class C felonies, after breaking into the home of Dickinson resident Bernard Deichert and stealing approximately $3,000 worth of firearms and other items on Nov. 24.

Mellmer, who wore a large neck brace and an eyepatch over his right eye, spoke in a gravely voice and mustered only one-word answers when responding to the judge’s questions.

Herauf said he was concerned about the proposed sentence, but agreed to keep Mellmer’s health burden out of the state’s hands.

“I’m going to go along with what’s been worked out, otherwise the state is faced with the problems that your health creates,” he said, before speaking directly to Mellmer about his future. “We’re not having this conduct again. None of it whatsoever.”

Joseph Mrstik, Mellmer’s court-appointed attorney, spoke on Mellmer’s behalf before Herauf agreed to the sentence.

“Through his own actions, Mr. Mellmer has significantly limited the ability to live his life and, frankly, if it weren’t for his father, he’d probably be out on the street and not doing very well,” Mrstik said. “My point is, he’s basically just taking it one day at a time, trying to make up for lost time and appreciating the fact that he’s still here.”

Mellmer escaped police during a traffic stop on Nov. 30. Police searched for him until Dec. 2, when they surrounded a house on the 900 block of Ninth Street East. The standoff ended when Mellmer shot himself. He has not been charged for that incident.

However, Mellmer is not done with court appearances.

He will have pretrial conference July 5 on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and carrying concealed firearm or weapon, both Class A misdemeanors. A July 20 trial is scheduled.

Hope said the state has few concerns about Mellmer committing further crimes following his final sentencing, solely because of his health.

“We’ll monitor his health condition and see how his recovery goes, and whether the health condition he has now is permanent,” Hope said in an interview.

Either you want police to protect or you don’t

There are a segment of people in this country who don’t want anyone to have guns. Many of those same people all of a sudden also have a huge problem with police.

It begs the question: What the hell do these people want? Utopia? Because that isn’t happening.

First — and let’s just get this out of the way — the U.S. government will never go door to door and take everyone’s guns away. If our government tried that, they’d be inciting a second Civil War. No one wants that, so it won’t happen. But, that doesn’t mean a like-minded government won’t try and strip its citizens of their rights to obtain certain types of weapons and/or ammunition.

Last week in San Bernardino, Calif. — in a state with some of the toughest gun laws in the nation — a couple who the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges has ties to the terrorist group ISIS walked into a holiday party and killed 14 of their co-workers while wounding several others. They weren’t criminals and had obtained their guns legally, according to The New York Times.

It took police armed with assault weapons and assault vehicles to stop them.

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Fugitive captured: Late-night standoff ends with burglary suspect hospitalized

Law enforcement’s standoff with fugitive Jeremy Mellmer ended early Thursday when Mellmer suffered a “suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to a Dickinson Police Department report.

The Southwest Tactical Team became involved in a standoff with Mellmer at about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday outside of a house on the 900 block of Ninth Street East after receiving a tip from an owner of a vacant home on the street. Mellmer had fled custody Monday night while being detained in connection to a string of burglaries involving guns.

The standoff ended sometime between midnight and 12:30 a.m. Thursday as tactical team members gained entrance to the house and found Mellmer in the basement in possession of a firearm having allegedly shot himself.

Mellmer, 31, was taken to CHI St. Joseph’s Health in Dickinson and is in custody. His medical condition is unknown.
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Dickinson Police continue, widen search for burglary suspect

Dickinson Police continued their investigation Wednesday and widened the search for a man wanted after escaping police custody while being detained Monday night for his alleged role in multiple burglaries of firearms in the area.

Jeremy Mellmer, 31, was detained following a traffic stop around 7 p.m. Monday and had been handcuffed before he managed to escape, Dickinson Police Detective Sgt. Kylan Klauzer said. He did not say which law enforcement agent attempted to detain Mellmer prior to his escape, but said it was not a Dickinson police officer.

Area authorities are searching small towns in southwest North Dakota where Mellmer has known family and associates, Klauzer said. Police are also using electronic billboard alerts as far away as Bismarck in an effort to help find him as well.

Klauzer added that Mellmer is likely being aided by others as he evades authorities.

“He doesn’t have a vehicle,” Klauzer said. “He’s using other people to move around right now. We don’t think he’s going to be by himself.”
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Dickinson police search for man after 3 arrested

Authorities in western North Dakota are searching for a man after he fl ed Dickinson Police during an arrest Monday night.

Jeremy Mellmer, 31, is considered armed and dangerous, the Dickinson Police Department said Tuesday in a Facebook post. His escape from custody resulted in a residential Dickinson neighborhood being blocked off for several hours late Monday night as police searched a home where he was thought to be.

At about 7 p.m. Monday, police arrested three Dickinson residents on the 900 block of Eighth Street East on multiple charges stemming from recent burglaries throughout the city and area. Police found stolen property associated with a number of burglaries throughout the Dickinson area, according to a report from Det. Sgt. Kylan Klauzer.
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