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Hearing set for men involved in Golden Valley shootout

STANTON — Three men facing charges related to a shootout near Golden Valley are expected to be in court Wednesday, May 14.

Bryson Snell of Hazen, and Benjamin Schultz and Brett Knudson, both of Golden Valley, are being held at the Mercer County Jail in Stanton after allegedly breaking into Jeffrey Gegelman’s Golden Valley home on March 30, according to court documents.

The home invasion escalated to a shooting when Knudson shot Gegelman multiple times in the chest and arm, according to an affidavit. Gegelman told Mercer County Sheriff deputies that he returned fire and hit Knudson in the back.

The “three young men” then drove away, Gegelman said, and he drove to Beulah, where law enforcement intercepted him. Gegelman was then transported to the hospital in Hazen.

Knudson was also stopped near Golden Valley. He was also transported to the hospital in Hazen. Both men were released from the hospital, Mercer County Sheriff Dean Danzeisen told The Dickinson Press. Knudson was taken into custody by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

Police searched Knudson’s car and home, where they found a revolver allegedly used in the shooting. They also found a bag with Snell’s name on it. Knudson was charged April 1. Snell and Schultz were formally charged April 4.

Knudson faces three felony charges — attempted murder, robbery and burglary — as well as driving while his license was suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Snell faces a felony burglary charge. Schultz has been charged as an accomplice.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Mercer County Courthouse in Stanton. South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson will preside. 

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.