2 arrested in WA tribal reservation murder


Authorities said on Friday they had arrested two of three suspects they were looking for after two people were found dead and a police officer was shot dead at a tribal reservation in northeastern Washington.

The Colville Tribal Police Department said it responded to a report of a shooting Thursday in Keller, west of Spokane. Officers found two people dead and an officer who ran into a vehicle described as having left the scene was shot in the arm. He was fine after being transported for medical treatment, the department said in a news release.

Police have identified two of the suspects as Curry Pinkham and Zachary Holt. The third suspect, another man, had not been identified. It was not immediately clear which of the three suspects had been arrested.

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Tribal Police searched for them overnight with help from other agencies including the FBI, Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol, and police and sheriff’s deputies. The department said on Facebook on Friday that two suspects had been arrested.

Authorities urged residents to stay indoors during the search.

Washington police are still looking for a third suspect in a shooting at a tribal reservation that left two dead and an officer injured.

Cody Desautel, executive director of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, wrote that schools in Nespelem and Keller would be closed on Friday “due to the situation that has affected both districts tonight.”

Desautel said all displaced families were welcome at a gymnasium at nearby Coulee Dam.

School was also canceled Friday in another nearby school district, covering the small towns of Wilbur and Creston. In a post on its Instagram page, the district wrote that there had been “a tragedy in the Keller community” involving the loss of life.

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“At this time our hearts are heavy and we support the entire Keller community,” the post read.

The Confederated Colville Tribes include approximately 9,400 descendants of a dozen Native American tribes. The reservation covers nearly 2,200 square miles west of Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir formed on the Columbia River behind Grand Coulee Dam.


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