UPDATED: 9:00 PM -- Murder Suspect Caught
The FBI has confirmed that 22-year-old Sheldon Bernard Chase has been apprehended without incident in Spokane, Washington. A manhunt began Tuesday after three bodies were found at a home near Lodge Grass, MT on the Crow Reservation.
The victims of the shooting have been identified as Chase's grandmother, 80-year old Gloria Sarah Goes Ahead Cummins; his cousin, 21-year old Levon F. Driftwood; and another person who was in the home at the time, 20-year old Rueben Charles Jefferson.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Big Horn County commissioner says the search for a suspect in a triple shooting on the Crow Reservation is spanning the southeast Montana countryside as people are warned to stay inside for their safety.
Authorities were searching Wednesday for 22-year-old Sheldon Bernard Chase in connection to the fatal shootings that claimed the lives of Gloria Sarah Goes Ahead Cummins, 80; Chase's cousin, 21-year-old Levon Driftwood; and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Rueben Jefferson.
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Commissioner John Pretty On Top says Lodge Grass schools have re-opened but classes are being held behind locked doors.
Chase has a history of mental illness and is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall with brown hair and weighing 230 pounds. He may be driving a Toyota Corolla or Celica with South Dakota license plates or a 2000 red Volkswagen Jetta.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP)- A shooting left three people dead at a rural residence on Montana's Crow Reservation and a manhunt was under way Tuesday for an armed suspect, prompting a lockdown of schools, a hospital and other public buildings, authorities said.
Authorities were searching for 22-year-old Sheldon Bernard Chase, who is considered armed and extremely dangerous, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Bertram said.
The killings took place in a remote area of the southeast Montana reservation roughly 10 miles from the Wyoming border, local officials said. The victims' identities weren't released and it wasn't immediately clear when they were killed.
Lodge Grass City Clerk Cody Not Afraid said those killed were an elderly woman, her granddaughter and the granddaughter's boyfriend. She said authorities were searching for a suspect in a white, four-door vehicle with North Dakota plates.
Chase was described as 6'2", with brown hair and brown eyes and weighing 230 pounds. The FBI said he may be driving a Toyota Corolla or Celica with South Dakota license plates. Chase also may be driving a 2000 red, 4-door Volkswagen Jetta with expired Montana license plate number 2210861, Bertram said. She said anyone who sees Chase should not approach him, but instead call law enforcement.
Public buildings across the reservation were locked down at about 1:30 or 2 p.m. while the search for the suspect took place, tribal representative Donald Spotted Tail said. People were told to stay inside, including about 160 students at Lodge Grass High School.