Mental exam for SD suspect in Minot hotel shooting

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for a South Dakota man accused of shooting a worker at a North Dakota hotel.

Thirty-seven-year-old Allen Rencountre faces an attempted murder charge that carries a minimum sentence of four years in prison upon conviction. Authorities allege Rencountre twice shot a 66-year-old worker at the Guest Lodge after an argument last October. He was arrested after a chase and standoff with police. Authorities didn't identify the worker.

Rencountre is from Fort Thompson, S.D. He told a judge earlier that he had been working in the North Dakota oil fields.

The Minot Daily News reports that his pretrial conference will be rescheduled because of the mental evaluation.