North Dakota Senator’s Son Faces New Homicide Charge in Tragic Crash That Claimed Deputy’s Life


In a tragic turn of events, Ian Cramer, the son of North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer, is now facing an additional charge of homicide while fleeing a peace officer. This follows a car chase that resulted in the death of a sheriff’s deputy, according to court records.

Initially charged with manslaughter in connection to the December 6 incident, Ian Cramer, 42, is accused of fleeing from law enforcement in Hazen, driving a stolen Chevy Tahoe, and crashing into an unoccupied patrol vehicle.

The collision led to the death of Mercer County Deputy Paul Martin, 53, who was standing outside the vehicle and attempting to deploy a tire deflation device to end the pursuit.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the impact of the crash tragically pushed the patrol car into Deputy Martin, resulting in his untimely death. Cramer now faces additional felony charges, including preventing arrest, reckless endangerment, and fleeing from an officer during the commission of a felony.

Misdemeanor charges for possession of methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as an infraction for possession of marijuana, have also been filed against him.

Ian Cramer’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 18.

Sen. Kevin Cramer issued a statement last week, revealing that his son struggles with “serious mental disorders which manifest in severe paranoia and hallucinations.” On the day of the incident, Ian Cramer, in a distressing turn of events, fled from his family vehicle when his mother took him to an emergency room in Bismarck.

The senator expressed deep sorrow for the tragedy, stating, “We grieve especially for the family of the hero who tried to help Ian, and we pray for our gracious God to show up as He always does in tragedy.” Cramer’s family tracked the stolen vehicle through his wife’s cell phone, assisting law enforcement in locating Ian.

Paul Martin, an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, leaves behind his wife and three children. The North Dakota Highway Patrol expressed condolences, honoring the memory and sacrifice of Deputy Martin and extending sympathies to his family, friends, and the entire Mercer County community.

The case continues to unfold as the legal proceedings progress, shedding light on the complexities surrounding Ian Cramer’s actions and the devastating consequences of the incident.

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