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Belcourt incident prompts lockdowns

By Staff | Nov 29, 2013

One suspect was caught, and another was at large Wednesday afternoon following a shooting in Belcourt that left at least one person dead. The shooting prompted lockdowns 45 miles away in Rugby.

The suspect, whose name wasn’t released, turned himself in to authorities, according to an unofficial law enforcement source as noted by various media outlets. The other suspect was at large, but supposedly still in the Belcourt area.

According to the Forum News Service, tribal sources had said that the shooting occurred at 4:30 a.m. in Eagle’s View, a 60-home subdivision in Belcourt.

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Belcourt Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Rugby Police Department were among several agencies responding to the incident. Road surveillance was set up outside of Rugby and near the Belcourt area until noon on Wednesday.

Schools in Wolford were locked down, and the “You’re Hired” event that was scheduled for that day was postponed. Schools in Rolette were locked down, and parents began picking up their children early.

In Rugby, Ely Elementary, Rugby High School and the Heart of America Medical Center were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Even after news that one suspect was caught, the schools were still on lockdown. However, police chief John Rose assured that there was no cause for panic.

Early in the day, surveillance planes took to the skies in search of the suspects.

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