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Nez Perce Tribe releases statement on deadly officer-involved shooting

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LEWISTON, Idaho. - The Nez Perce Tribe has released a statement following a deadly officer-involved shooting on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

The incident is reported to have started Monday evening with an attempted traffic stop and ended when the two men, identified as Randall Ellenwood and Ricardo Rodriguez, got out of their vehicle and confronted the pursuing officer at a residence near the town of Culdesac, east of Lewiston.

Ellenwood was killed in the shooting and Rodriguez is recovering at a Lewiston area hospital. According to the Lewiston Tribune, Ellenwood and Rodriguez were unarmed.

An FBI spokesman in Salt Lake City, Juan Becerra, says the men who were shot by the officer Monday are believed to be members of the Nez Perce Tribe. The FBI has jurisdiction because the chase reportedly began on tribal land.

"The Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee would like to extend its condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family members affected by this tragic event as well as the officer involved in the incident," said Samuel Penney, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. "I understand that this is an extremely trying time for everybody... however I believe it is unwise for any individual or the media to reach any conclusions on the matter until we have all the information available."

The Tribal Committee has also contacted the Bureau of Indian Affairs for further clarification of the Tribe's enforcement role in the incident.

To read the full statement released by the Tribal Executive Committee, click here.

 

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