Murder on the Crow Nation: Couple Killed in Cold Blood

Courtesy BGCasey Page on Twitter

Local residents on the scene on Wednesday – Courtesy BGCasey Page on Twitter

CROW AGENCY, MONTANA— The FBI confirmed Wednesday, July 29, 2015, that a husband and wife were killed in cold blood and their daughter was injured by gunfire on the in Pryor, Montana on the Crow Indian Reservation.

The tragic incident began Wednesday morning when Tana Shane drove by a man who appeared to have run out of gas and was stranded on the side of the road south of Pryor. She drove home to get her husband, Jason, and daughter, Jora, and then returned to assist the male driver of the vehicle. Once back to the stranded man to assist him, the male assailant shot both the couple and then shot the daughter.

“(He) killed both of them and then shot the daughter,” Bryce Hugs, Tana’s nephew, told the Billings Gazette. “It grazed her in the head, and when she took off, (he) shot her in the back.”

The daughter was taken to the hospital where she was reportedly incoherent, according the Big Horn County Undersheriff Bart Elliott.

The shooter has been identified as Jesus Deniz. He was apprehended near Meeteetse, Wyoming later in the day on Wednesday. No further information on the alledged killer is known at this time.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the BIA Police, FBI, and Montana Highway Patrol and Big Horn County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the tragic incident.

No further information has been released by law enforcement officials, who have directed all inquiries to the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Justice Services, which declined to comment.

The Crow Indian Reservation is home to 12,000 Crow Nation tribal members. A call by Native News Online to the Tribe was not answered.

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