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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pine Ridge Shooting Deaths

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced today that federal authorities are investigating two fatal shootings which recently occurred on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

The United States Attorney’s Office, the Rapid City Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Pine Ridge Agency, are investigating the September 29, 2016, fatal shooting of Chunta Suta Wi Colhoff, aka Annie Colhoff, a 34-year-old citizen of the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Ms. Colhoff was shot and killed in Pine Ridge village.  The agencies are also investigating the October 16, 2016, shooting death of Vincent Brewer, III, age 29, outside Pine Ridge village. 

Authorities do not believe these shootings were random acts, but stem from disputes law enforcement authorities are investigating.  Leads are being followed, persons are being interviewed, and search warrants are being executed.  Seiler affirmed the investigation of these two shootings is a top priority for federal law enforcement authorities in South Dakota.  

Authorities appreciate any and all assistance members of the community might be able to provide.  

Members of the public wishing to provide information should call the BIA Office of Justice Services at (605) 867-2931, tribal dispatch at 911, or the FBI in Rapid City at (605) 343-9632.

If a member of the public wishes to remain anonymous, you may also contact the BIA OJS Tip line at 1-888-668-0661.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated October 19, 2016