A Minnesota Trooper came within seconds of dying Monday, when a women pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger. The incident occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. east of Moorhead, Minnesota near I-94, according to KVRR.
Trooper Mark Peterson came upon a vehicle that had spun out, crashed into the median, and landed in a ditch. He got out to help the man and woman with the vehicle as they attempted to remove the car, when he noticed it did not have the proper license plates. He went back to his car and ran the vin number twice, which came back as stolen out of Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, the two people were unsuccessful in removing the vehicle. Trooper Peterson maneuvered his patrol car to block it from escaping and contacted the two people, Domonique Maurice Crayton, 29 and Melody Victoria Gray, 30.
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Gray jumped out of the driver’s side of the vehicle and pointed a 9mm gun at Trooper Peterson’s head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.
Peterson immediately pulled Crayton back behind the vehicle and handcuffed him, leaving him on the ground. As she attempted to chamber another round and raised the weapon again, he shot Gray in the arm. She fled and dropped the gun on the roadway.
A snowplow went by and stopped about 50 yards from the scene. Trooper Peterson recovered the gun from beneath the snowplow.
Blue Lives Matter reported that as he was getting the gun, an off-duty 911 dispatcher happened by and saw that Crayton had stood up. She ordered him back on the ground and held him there until Trooper Peterson returned.
Gray was later arrested in a field by officers from MSP, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Dilworth and Moorhead Police Departments.
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Gray was found to be wanted out of Wisconsin for kidnapping and felon in possession of firearms. She was charged in Clay County Court on Thursday with attempted murder, receiving stolen property, and felon in possession of a firearm. She was still in the hospital from the gunshot wound as of Thursday. Her court date has not been set.
According to Inforum, Clayton was charged on Wednesday with first-degree damage to property and receiving stolen property (a motor vehicle), as well as misdemeanor counts of giving a peace officer false information and obstructing the legal process. He kicked a window out of the patrol vehicle in addition to his other issues.
He also had a felony warrant out of Wisconsin for felony charges of kidnapping, human trafficking, second-degree sexual assault and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on March 16.
Crayton gave a false name twice to officers and even to the court — he declared he was “not that person because that person is dead.” He also stated that his arrest constituted a “kidnapping.” He said that he belonged to the “Moorish Nation of Islam,” a sovereign citizen offshoot.
“How can your society represent me? I’m of a sovereign nation. How can I conduct business with you?…Somebody abducted me! Somebody kidnapped me!” Domonique Crayton to Clay County Court
No attorneys were listed for the pair. That may explain why.
Fortunately, Trooper Peterson, a 19 year veteran of the force, was not injured during the altercation. He is on administrative leave, which is standard for an officer involved shooting.
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