Second shooting suspect identified, charged

The second of two men shot by a Minot Police officer early Saturday morning has been identified as 25-year-old Joshua M. Peterson of Minot.

Peterson was the driver of a vehicle that police say would not stop for an officer following a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Tires Only and Minot Welding in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast at 4:21 a.m. Saturday.

According to Police Chief Jason Olson, one of two officers on the scene fired at the vehicle as it approached the officer. Two men were hit as a result of the shooting. One of them was Peterson, who remains hospitalized at Trinity Hospital. His condition has not been released. A passenger in the vehicle, 35-year-old Brandon T. Butler, Minot, was treated for a gunshot wound and released. He is being held at the Ward County Jail.

Police say evidence shows the two men were involved in a burglary at Minot Welding. Peterson and Butler have been charged with criminal conspiracy to burglary, a Class C felony, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia other than marijuana, a Class C felony.