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Jared Galusha made an initial appearance in court on Tuesday morning in the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan.

South Central District Judge Douglas Bahr has set $100,000 cash bond for the man at the center of an officer-involved shooting in Mandan. 

Jared Galusha, 26, appeared Tuesday at the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan for his initial appearance on felony charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

He is charged in connection to the officer-involved shooting on Oct. 9, when a Mandan police officer shot him as he believed Galusha meant to strike him with a car to flee a traffic stop, according to court documents.

Galusha resides at the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck. He is serving a sentence until 2021 for charges unrelated to the shooting.

He appeared solemn in court Tuesday and spoke little. He did not oppose Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter's bond recommendation as he said his prison sentence precludes him from release. Galusha said he will apply for appointed counsel. 

Goter described Galusha as posing "a danger to the community" as well as a "serious risk to the public and to law enforcement."

Court administration will schedule a preliminary hearing for Galusha, at which he will enter pleas to his charges, according to Bahr.

Galusha's sister, Jeri Anne Wilkie, attended his hearing. She has previously described her brother's shooting as she said she witnessed its events from a window of Centre Inc. in Mandan. 

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation reviewed the officer-involved shooting, and the Morton County State's Attorney's Office said there would be no charges against Mandan Police Officer Leo Belgarde for the shooting.

Wilkie said she's "still kind of in the dark" after the results of the BCI investigation, such as how Belgarde was cleared.

"At the end of the day, I saw everything that was happening," Wilkie said after her brother's hearing. 

The past two months have been a "roller coaster" for her family, she added — her brother, Jared, became a father in November with the birth of his son, Gracyn; their brother, Josh, was recently discharged from the hospital after facial surgeries following a jail fight in Dickinson; and their mother, Anne, has struggled since the shooting in October. 

Wilkie, released from Centre Inc., days after the shooting, said she has taken a more active role in her family to help support her mother and four brothers. She also said she's found comfort in attending church. 

But this Christmas will be "not so spirited," she said. 

"You never know when something bad can happen," Wilkie said.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-223-8482 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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