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Updated: Two men charged in Golden Valley shootout case

Two more men have been charged in the Golden Valley shootout case, officials said Friday.

Bryson Snell of Hazen was charged Wednesday with burglary incident that left Jeffrey Gegelman, 60, with several bullet wounds on Sunday, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Benjamin Schultz of Beulah was arrested as an accomplice to a burglary. The two allegedly went into Gegelman’s Golden Valley home Sunday afternoon with Brett Knudson of Golden Valley. The three allegedly entered the house and walked to the bathroom door, where Gegelman was hiding, he told law enforcement.

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As the men walked into the bathroom doorway, Gegelman pointed his gun at them saying, “You came to the wrong house today!”

Knudson allegedly shot at Gegelman three times. Gegelman fired back six times — one of them hit Knudson in the back, he told law enforcement. The three men got in a grey car and drove away, but not before Gegelman got the license plate number. Gegelman then drove approximately 20 miles to Beulah. A police officer stopped him. He was transported to Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen.

The Dickinson Press was unable to confirm Gegelman’s condition, though he told law enforcement he was shot twice. Gegelman and the Sheriff’s Department have not returned multiple messages left by The Press.

Knudson was arrested Sunday and has been charged with criminal trespassing and attempted murder. County deputies obtained a search warrant for Knudson’s residence, where they found a .38 Special revolver, a Ruger Mark 2 rifle, bullets and a black duffle bag. The luggage had a tag with Snell’s name on it, according to the affidavit.

Snell was arrested on an unrelated warrant, according to court documents. Deputies interviewed him Monday. Snell said he had stayed at Alex Kreb’s home in Golden Valley the night of the shooting.

Deputies also spoke with Rev. Tom Olson of Golden Valley, who said he thought he saw a grey car driven by Schultz drive into Knudson’s garage on Sunday. His wife also said she saw Snell drop off the car at Knudson’s house earlier in the day.

Schultz walked into the Beulah Police Department Tuesday, stating he had heard they were looking for him, according to the affidavit. He was then arrested.

All four charges are felonies. Knudson also faces two misdemeanor charges — driving with a suspended license and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.

The three men are being held at Mercer County Jail. Knudson is being held on a $500,000 bond. He has also been appointed an attorney, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14.

Snell and Schultz had a bond hearing Friday. The Press was unable to confirm the results of the hearing. Future hearings have not been set for the two.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.