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Ryan Johnson, Published March 23 2013

Suspected gunman in March shooting in Moorhead surrenders to authorities after 1-hour standoff in Wisconsin

BELOIT, Wis. – A mother and son were arrested here in connection with alleged felonies in Fargo-Moorhead early Saturday after a one-hour standoff.

Denise Harlan, 53, and her son Samuel L. Bullock, 25, were arrested during the 4 a.m. raid by the Beloit Police Department’s tactical unit on two homes in the southern Wisconsin town of about 37,000, according to a Beloit police news release. Another six people were detained during the execution of the search warrants.

Bullock, wanted for attempted murder and robbery, was named by Moorhead police as the suspected gunman in a March 6 drug-related shooting. Police suspect that Bullock, along with two other men, planned to take 2.2 pounds of marijuana and $11,000 cash from the Moorhead home of shooting victim Anthony Sands.

Michael Crittenden, 23, of Moorhead, and Tyshawn Darden, 19, of Fargo, were charged in the case with aiding and abetting attempted murder, along with robbery-related charges and conspiracy to sell drugs.

Beloit authorities said they had worked with local and federal law enforcement officials in Moorhead to find Bullock, who they believed was hiding out in the Beloit area for the past few weeks.

They said Bullock, considered to be armed and dangerous, refused to surrender during the Saturday raid. Authorities fired chemical munitions into the house where he was hiding, and he surrendered just before 5 a.m.

Harlan was arrested at a separate home just down the street from where Bullock was found, police said. She was wanted for an unrelated felony theft charge in Fargo.

Police said no one was hurt during the raid.

Bullock and Harlan are now being held at the Rock County, Wis., jail pending extradition hearings.


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