CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — A 23-year-old Crookston man has been charged with stealing a police cruiser and causing a fatal crash.

Police say officers went to talk to Ricardo Mello and a 42-year-old man Saturday following complaints that they’d been threatening people and damaging cars.

The other man stopped, but Mello allegedly fought officers. Police say despite being shot with a stun gun and pepper spray, Mello stole the cruiser.

He drove at high speed for about five blocks before striking a pickup.

Seventy-eight-year-old Eddie Briggs, of Thief River Falls, was killed and his 57-year-old wife Patricia Briggs was taken to a hospital.

The Grand Forks Herald reports Mello is charged with second degree murder, motor vehicle theft and criminal vehicle homicide, among other charges. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21.

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Comments (6)
  1. sickening says:

    The dude must have been some kind of freak to take the taser and then …. shoot the SOB and spare us the costs. Easy – simple – clean and done

    1. Mammy says:

      I think the term for that is……….METH, seems like it turns them into Superman!

  2. fred says:

    unbeliveable……this moron is so dangerously stupid, he needs to be kept in a cage for the rest of his life……hopefully, the judge throws the book at him.

  3. double up says:

    Maybe the Senser’s can help him retain their attorney – why not let them all walk around outside and enjoy the wonderful weather ….. shucks, they didn’t do anything wrong now did they?

    1. i4i says:

      I agree, as long as he returns the cruzer back within 24 hours he should be good or find another person to take the blame for him so that they can get a lesser sentencing.

  4. Carl says:

    I wonder if his immigration papers were in order?

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