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Manhunt underway for suspect in Dunn County homicide

Suspected homicide investigation was initiated in Dunn County yesterday surrounding the death of a Watford City man in northwest Dunn County.

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Suspected homicide investigation was initiated in Dunn County yesterday surrounding the death of a Watford City man in northwest Dunn County. (Photo courtesy of the Dunn County Sheriff's Office)

The Dunn County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, have launched an investigation into a suspected homicide that occurred in northwest Dunn County on July 25, 2021.

According to a press release issued by the Dunn County Sheriff's Office, on Monday at about 8:16 p.m. MT, deputies with the Dunn County Sheriff's Office responded to an area near 114th Avenue Northwest on the Gap Road in Dunn County. Responding deputies located a male victim whom they later identified as a Watford City man. The man was found with multiple gun shot wounds, dead.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations were requested to assist the sheriff's office, and have assumed the lead on the investigation.

"We do not have any indication that there is an active threat to the community at this time," Chief Deputy Timothy Sul, with the Dunn County Sheriff's Office, said. "We would ask that any households in that area please review any security or game cameras that may have seen or heard anything or anyone suspicious, or suspicious vehicles around that time frame."

Early Tuesday morning, BCI contacted the Moorhead Police Department in Moorhead, M.N., to assist in locating the murder suspect whom they believed to be in the area.

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Oscar Junior Andujar Ortiz, 25, is wanted by the BCI in connection with the shooting death in rural Dunn County and is considered to be armed and dangerous.

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Oscar Junior Andujar Ortiz, 25, is wanted by the BCI in connection with the shooting death in rural Dunn County and is considered to be armed and dangerous. (Photo courtesy of the Moorhead Police Department)

Investigators with BCI believed the male was in the area of the 3600 block of 8 Street South, in Moorhead.

MPD officers responded to the area and say they spotted Ortiz, who ran from that area and eluded police. His vehicle was later found on Rivershore Drive South and impounded. Despite the assistance of a K9 tracking team and the Moorhead Fire Department's drone team, Ortiz remains at large.

"It is unknown if Ortiz is still in the area, or if he was picked up at another location," a Moorhead Police statement said. "A female acquaintance of the suspect was located and taken into custody."

According to BCI and Moorhead police, Ortiz should be considered armed and dangerous and is described as a Hispanic male, 5’5”, 160 lbs, wearing blue jeans and either a long sleeve blue t-shirt or no shirt.

Law enforcement are requesting that tips be phoned into the Dunn County Sheriff's Office at 701-573-4449, or via the Badlands Crime Stoppers at 701-840-6108 or 701-456-7754. If you have immediate information concerning his whereabouts, citizens are asked to call 911.

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"You may be eligible for a cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction," Sul said.

The identity of the victim has not been made public at the time of the reporting.

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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