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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Pryor woman admits assaulting BIA police officer on Crow Indian Reservation

BILLINGS — A Pryor woman today admitted to accosting and slapping a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer, who had shot and wounded the woman’s co-defendant after a vehicle chase in Lodge Grass, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Darwyna Caylynn Catherine Bullshows, 25, pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer. Bullshows faces a maximum of eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. A sentencing date will be set before U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters. The court will determine a sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other sentencing factors. Bullshows was released pending further proceedings.

The government alleged in court documents that on March 14, 2021, BIA police officers became engaged in a vehicle pursuit of co-defendant, Darnell Not Afraid, in Lodge Grass, located on the Crow Indian Reservation. Not Afraid, operating a stolen truck, drove at high speeds through residential neighborhoods and nearly struck various pedestrians. At some point during the chase, Bullshows, Not Afraid’s girlfriend at the time, got out of the truck. Not Afraid continued the pursuit, eventually stopped at a residence, got out of the truck and fled on foot. One of the officers left his vehicle and chased Not Afraid into the home’s yard. The officer drew his Taser. As the officer neared Not Afraid, Not Afraid turned toward him, pulled up his shirt and grabbed a revolver from his waistband. The officer then dropped his Taser, drew his service pistol and fired multiple times at Not Afraid, striking him at least once in the arm. Law enforcement recovered the revolver on the ground and determined that it was loaded.

The government further alleged that a crowd of angry people, many of whom were residing at the home where the incident occurred and had been watching the vehicle chase, accosted the officer. They yelled and cursed at the officer and were angry at him for shooting Not Afraid. They also prevented the officer from attending to Not Afraid.

An investigation found that Bullshows assaulted the officer, and that she admitted in an interview to slapping the officer’s face three times.  

Not Afraid has pleaded not guilty to charges and is pending trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Contact: 
Clair Johnson Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Press Release Number: 
22-173
Updated July 12, 2022