By Native News Online Staff
Residents of the Colville Indian Reservation were breathing a sigh of relief over the weekend after three suspects were arrested on Friday after the reservation was rocked by news of two murders on Thursday in Keller District, one of the communities residences on the reserve.
Colville Tribal Police officers responded to a shooting call in Keller on Thursday. Once at the scene of the shooting, tribal officers found two people dead. A tribal officer chased a vehicle that was seen leaving the scene of the shooting. As he pursued him, the unidentified Colville Tribe officer was shot in the arm.
According to a press release issued by the Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the tribal officer suffered a non-life-threatening injury. The identity of the officer has not been released.
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Two suspects, Curry Pinkham and Zachary Holt, were arrested Friday morning. A third unidentified suspect was taken into custody later Friday.
After the arrests, Colville Confederate Tribes President Jarred-Michael Erickson sought to reassure Colville Tribes citizens on Friday evening that it was safe to resume normal activities.
He also said details of the tragic events were still being collected as law enforcement continued their investigation.
“I also want to thank our community, including our tribal members and non-tribal residents. It has been a difficult time…but despite the worry and disruption, our community has come together. Many people called for tips and helped law enforcement make these arrests. We mourn the loss of life and pray for the families of the victims,” Erickson said.
Ten law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Washington State Police and Border Patrol, assisted in the investigation and arrest of the suspects.
The police did not release the motives for the two murders.
The Colville Indian Reservation is located in the northeastern part of Washington State. The Confederate Tribes on the Colville Reservation reports that they have 9,432 registered tribal citizens.
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