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‘There’s like a tank in our driveway': Startled neighbors witness end of manhunt for accused Delafield shooter

Posted at 10:21 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 10:11:50-05

DELAFIELD, WI — A North Dakota man is spending his first night in custody after allegedly shooting and injuring two police officers in Delafield early Friday morning.

TMJ4 News spoke with the person who filmed the ending of the manhunt.

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Owen Cieslack says his dad called 911 when he saw the alleged gunman 23-year-old Nathanel Benton in their backyard.

He shot cell phone video that caught the end of the manhunt for Benton, who is accused of shooting two people overnight.

“I was kind of sleeping in and my brother woke me up and said, ‘Dude, there’s like a tank in our driveway,’” Cieslack said.

His dad called 911 after getting an emergency alert from police and then noticing a man aimlessly walking behind their Delafield home.

Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, police were called to a Holiday Inn Express in Delafield for a hit-and-run investigation. When they responded and began asking people on the scene questions, they said Benton began shooting at them, injuring two officers. One from Delafield PD, the other from Hartland.

Following a tip from a concerned resident, Benton, 23 of Fargo, North Dakota was spotted and arrested in the City of Delafield Friday afternoon. Police say Benton also has an arrest warrant for attempted homicide in his hometown on Nov. 1, 2020.

"It's a miracle. I'm glad to be alive,” said Nathan Crawford, who was allegedly shot in the head by Benton on Nov. 1 in North Dakota. He said they were hanging out with mutual friends on Halloween when they got into an argument.

"When he shot me, that feeling, just wondering, is it going to happen to somebody else who's innocent?” Crawford said.

Now, Benton is in custody and will not get that chance. People here in Delafield say they can rest easy knowing their area will be much quieter again tonight.

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