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ARCHIVES: 2 Dickinson residents dead from gunshot wounds

Please note the following story is from Jan. 24, 2015.


Two Dickinson residents have died from gunshot wounds, Dickinson Police said Saturday.

Angelique M. Spenser, 35, and Steven E. Parker, 53, were found at approximately 10 p.m. Friday in a basement on the 700 block of 22nd Street West, according to a police report. Each suffered from a single, lethal gunshot wound.

The two were transported to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Center in Dickinson where they were pronounced dead. Police clarified both victims were shot once with a handgun recovered at the scene.

Spenser had recently moved to Dickinson from Nebraska. Spenser and Parker were believed to have been romantically involved, police said after interviewing the reporting party, who was familiar with both victims.

An official said over Dickinson Ambulance dispatch shortly after the 911 call was received that “this individual shot himself,” according to archive dispatch audio.

Later, she tells responders: “There is two individuals, I am hearing, that have both shot themselves in the head at this time. I guess I’m not 100 percent sure because my individual is very erratic.”

The official also said she did not believe there was an active shooter.

There were no signs of a forced entry into the home or of a struggle, according to the report. The Dickinson Police Department do not believe the public is in danger as the incident appears to have been isolated to the residence and couple in question.

Dickinson police Sgt. Mike Hanel wouldn’t comment on the dispatch audio, and said the department treats such deaths as homicides until they determine otherwise.

No further information is expected to be released as the investigation is ongoing and complex, police said. Further details will be provided when they are developed and confirmed.

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.