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Published November 02, 2010, 10:49 AM

Three Face Charges After Leeds, ND Break-In

The Benson County Sheriff says three people face charges in connection with a break-in at Leeds in which a shot was fired.

The Benson County Sheriff says three people face charges in connection with a break-in at Leeds in which a shot was fired. Steve Rohrer says Casey Harkness, 25, and Daniel Harkness, 21, both originally from the Leeds area are facing felony burglary charges.

The pair allegedly broke into the home early Sunday morning. Rohrer says Daniel Harkness entered the back of the home by breaking a window, then grabbed a gun in the residence. Rohrer says Harkness used it to threaten the residents.

Rohrer says one resident of the home grabbed another gun in the home and was able to get Harkness to drop the weapon.

The sheriff says at that point Casey Harkness entered the home by breaking in the front door. Rohrer says one of the residents staying at the house then fired a round from a shotgun into the ceiling and the two suspects fled.

Rohrer says a sheriff's deputy en route to the scene noticed a vehicle fleeing the area and pulled the vehicle over, taking Casey Harkness and a third suspect identified as Taylro Ritterman, 21, into custody.

The sheriff says Daniel Harkness was taken into custody later when he came in for question at the law enforcement center.

Rohrer says Ritterman did not attempt to enter the residence and has been charged with misemeanor disorderly conduct.

Rohrer says the burglary was not random, but stemmed from an incident at a party Friday night.

The sheriff says the three men staying in the house are game wardens in Ohio. He says their law enforcement training likely prevented the incident from resulting in a fatality.

The incident remains under investigation. Rohrer says additional charges may be filed.

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