Who is Ian Cramer? – All About Senator Cramer’s Son

Ian Kramer Nd is the son of U.S senator Kevin Cramer currently trending for all the wrong reasons after ramming a policeman to death.

Ian, who has some mental health issues, was attempting to escape and emergency room his mom had taken him to when he had a breakdown.

A police chase ensured and during the chase he hit an officer who later died.

What happened to Ian Kramer? 

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On 12/6/23 the Bismarck Police Department received the report of a stolen vehicle from Bismarck.

The stolen vehicle was a 2017 Black Chevy Tahoe and was being driven by Ian Cramer of Bismarck.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office located Cramer and the 2017 Black Chevy Tahoe in Hazen. 

When law enforcement approached Cramer, he fled in the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. 

During the pursuit, the vehicle Cramer was driving veered and crashed head-on into an unoccupied Mercer County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle that was parked on a roadside approach. 

The Sheriff’s Office vehicle was displaying its emergency lights at the time.

A Mercer County Deputy was standing outside and behind the patrol vehicle when it was struck. 

The impact of the crash pushed the patrol vehicle into the deputy, killing him. 

At the time the deputy was preparing to deploy a tire deflation device in attempt to end the pursuit. 

Cramer was taken into custody, transported to the Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, and then taken to the Mercer County Detention Center.

This crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and charges are pending.

Following the incident, North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer released a statement.

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“Earlier this evening, our 42-year-old son Ian was involved in a police chase which resulted in an accident that killed an officer. 

“Ian suffers from serious mental disorders which manifest in severe paranoia and hallucinations. Kris was with Ian when he insisted on going to his brother Ike. 

“Ike died in 2018. Kris took Ian to the Sanford Health emergency room in Bismarck. When she got out of our vehicle, Ian jumped into the driver’s seat and fled. Our daughter was able to track the car through Kris’ cell phone and lead officers to him in Mercer County, ND. 

“We don’t have more details right now but will work with authorities to properly inform the public.

“I will take the first flight I can to be with our family as we grieve what has happened. We grieve especially for the family of the hero who tried to help Ian, and we pray for our gracious God to show up as He always does in tragedy. 

“We ask the public for prayers for the lost officer’s family and colleagues who serve us every day and are grateful for all they do for us.

“We also ask God for healing for Ian. We love him and hurt deeply.”

Ian Cramer is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday on multiple felony counts including manslaughter, fleeing a police officer and reckless endangerment.

Court records did not list an attorney for him, and Sen. Kevin Cramer declined an interview after charges were filed.

In 2013, Ian Kramer was charged with misdemeanor simple assault for allegedly injuring his brother’s head; he pleaded guilty.

His record also includes a 2010 citation for driving under the influence in Arizona, and several traffic citations during this year and and last, including one as recent as the day before the crash, for driving with a suspended license.

Officer Killed by Ian Kramer Identified as Deputy Paul Martin

Bismarck Police Department released a statement titled; “Criminal Mischief and Stolen Vehicle related to Death of Mercer County Deputy

“A Mercer County Deputy was killed in the line of duty yesterday, after a 42-year-old man stole his mother’s car, crashed through the doors of Sanford Hospital, fled from police, and ultimately struck a patrol car in Mercer County leading to the deputy’s death.

“Officers were called to Sanford Emergency Room yesterday around 4:30 pm regarding damage to an overhead door of the ambulance bay at the Sanford Emergency Department. 

“Once there, officers were informed that Ian Cramer of Bismarck was brought there by his mother due to exhibiting mental health issues.  

“When they parked in the ambulance bay, Ian got into the driver’s seat and allegedly rammed the doors of the bay and fled the scene.

“Bismarck Police Department started an investigation into the alleged offenses of Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Mischief.  Ian was gone when we arrived, however, he was being tracked by a cell phone that was still in the car.  

“This led to other agencies being involved and assisting with the case, where he was taken into custody after allegedly crashing into the deputy’s car and killing the deputy.  

“Bismarck Police continue our investigation into the incident and will be forwarding reports and documents to the Burleigh County States Attorney to charge Ian with crimes that occurred in Bismarck.

“This is a stark reminder about the dangers of the law enforcement profession and the risk officers take everyday to keep their communities safe.  Bismarck Police Department offer their deepest condolences to the family of the Mercer County Deputy, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, and the citizens of Mercer County, as we know the Deputy’s family and his department are struggling with the tragic loss,”

Meanwhile, the officer involved has been identified as Deputy Paul Martin, 53.

paul martin, 53, was the officer struck and killed by Ian Kramer
Deputy Paul Martin, 53

Martin was an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, which said he was married and had three children.

Whitney Zeadow, 36, who lives near Hazen, said Martin was once her neighbor; she sometimes cared for the retired police dogs he kept when he was away from home.

“He was just a fantastic man,” Zeadow said, fighting back tears. “He was the type that would be your champion. He was just there to support the community, help the kids. Any little thing. He was just a joy to be around.”

Ike Cramer obituary

Below is an obituary of Ian Kramer brother Ike.

Isaac John Cramer of Bismarck, ND went to be with Jesus on March 22, 2018 while hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN at the age of 35.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm at New Song Church, 3200 N. 11th Street in Bismarck. All are welcome to attend. The service will be livestreamed on New Song Church’s Face Book page @newsongbismarck .

Isaac, who was called Ike by his friends and family, was born on May 20, 1982 in Grand Forks, ND to Kris and Craig Koester. Kris married Kevin Cramer in 1986 and Kevin adopted Ike on December 6, 1993.

Ike attended elementary school at Roosevelt, Miller and Northridge Schools in Bismarck and Centennial in Fargo. He attended Hughes Junior High and graduated from Century High School in Bismarck in 2001. He attended Montana State University and Bismarck State College.

Ike had many friends from school who remained close to him the rest of his life. Ike seemed to be able to be a friend to everyone and anyone. He had a gentle spirit and an open heart and always had time to listen to people. He encouraged many people with his words and contagious smile.

Ike enjoyed snowboarding, golfing and fishing, especially if he could do it with friends and family. He liked hanging out on the Missouri River in the summer.

On his 25th birthday in 2007, Ike brought a new girlfriend, Jessica, and her baby son Abel home to meet his family. For the next several months, our family looked forward to every opportunity to see Abel. Ike and Jess would come to Church and we’d all take turns holding Abel. On some weekends, Abel would stay overnight with us, and at one point spent an entire month in our home. Jess and Ike broke up late that year and we lost track of Abel for a time.

Jessica tragically died in March of 2010, and Abel was placed in a foster home. Kris and Kevin made themselves available as potential permanent guardians and eventually adopted him. The gift of Abel to the Cramers and the Cramers to Abel is Ike’s greatest legacy.

Besides his brother Abel and parents, Ike is survived by another brother, Ian Cramer, sisters Annie Senne (Nick), Rachel Wegner (Cale), Grandmothers Janet Neumann, Clarice Cramer and Judith Koester, nephews Beau, Chet and Nico and niece Lyla and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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