2 arrested in WA tribal reservation slaying
On Friday, authorities said they had arrested two of the three suspects they were looking for after two people were found dead and a police officer was shot in a tribal reserve. in Northeast Washington.
Colville Tribal Police Department She said she responded to news of a shooting Thursday in Keeler, west of Spokane. Officers found two dead people, and an officer encountered a car described as having left the scene, and was shot in the arm. The department said in a press release that he was in good health after being transferred for medical care.
Police have identified two suspects as Carrie Pinkham and Zachary Holt. The third suspect, another man, has not been identified. It was not immediately clear which of the three suspects had been arrested.
Tribal police searched for them overnight with the help of other agencies, including the FBI, Border Patrol, Washington State Patrols, police and deputy sheriffs. On Friday, the department said on Facebook that two suspects had been arrested.
The authorities urged residents to stay indoors during the inspection.
Cody Desauttle, executive director of the Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation, wrote that schools in Nespelem and Keeler will be closed Friday “due to the situation that has affected both areas tonight.”
Desautel said any displaced families are welcome to the gymnasium at nearby Coulee Dam.
School was also canceled Friday in another school district nearby, covering the small towns of Wilbur and Creston. In a message on his site Instagram pagethe county wrote that there had been a “tragedy in the Keeler community” involving loss of life.
“Right now, our hearts are heavy, and we support the entire Keeler community,” the letter read.
The Confederate tribes of Colville included about 9,400 descendants of dozens of Native American tribes. The preserve covers approximately 2,200 square miles west of Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir formed on the Columbia River behind the Grand Coulee Dam.