Shooting suspect remains at large

By 
Luella N. Brien
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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Photo courtesy of David R. Blaine
A Bureau of Indian Affairs Justice Services criminal investigator assesses the scene of an apparent shooting in front of a laundromat in Crow Agency Wednesday afternoon. The suspect remains at large. He is described as a Native American male in his early 30s, approximately 5'11" with a medium build and several visible tattoos.

A convicted felon who reportedly opened fire after a verbal altercation in front of a Crow Agency business Wednesday morning remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, Big Horn County Attorney Gerald "Jay" Harris said in a public statement issued Wednesday night.

Local law enforcement agencies are investigating a reported shooting in front of a laundromat in Crow Agency sometime before noon on Wednesday, which caused severe injuries to an adult male and "renewed cause for public alarm," Harris said.

According to witnesses on the scene, a verbal altercation took place between two men at the laundromat before the suspect reportedly opened fire on the victim. The alleged shooter was fled the scene on foot and was last seen in the Dunmore area shortly after the incident.

“For the present time, and at least until more effective efforts are made by law enforcement, any county citizen brandishing a firearm in apparent defense of their property shall enjoy deference as a matter of law due to the constant scourge that drug addicted punks present to our community," Harris said his public statement.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services officers were investigating the incidents Wednesday afternoon. The agency as not released any information publicly about the alleged shooter or condition of the victim.

The suspect has been identified by law enforcement, but his name has not been released to the public.

He remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, Harris said. He is described as a Native American male in his early 30s, approximately 5'11" with a medium build and several visible tattoos.

Harris said the suspect has been convicted multiple times on drug possession and theft charges is under the supervision of the State of Montana Department of Corrections.

Big Horn County citizens, as always, are advised to remain alert and to report all suspicious activities to the Sheriff’s Office or federal authorities, he added.

If anyone has information about this shooting or the whereabouts of the suspect, contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services in Crow Agency at (406) 638-2631 or the Big Horn County Sheriff at (406) 665-9780. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

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