Authorities said they are searching Friday for three suspects after two people were found dead and a police officer was shot on a tribal reservation in northeastern Washington.
The Colville Tribal Police Department said it responded to a report of a shooting on Thursday in Keller, west of Spokane. Officers found two people dead, and an officer who came across a vehicle described as having left the scene was shot in the arm. He was doing well after being transported for medical care, the department said in a news release.
Police identified two of the suspects as Curry Pinkham and Zachary Holt. The third suspect, another man, had not been identified. Tribal police searched for them overnight with help from other agencies, including the FBI, Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol and police and sheriff’s deputies.
Authorities urged residents to remain indoors during the search.
Cody Desautel, executive director of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, wrote that schools in Nespelem and Keller would be closed Friday “due to the situation that has effected both districts tonight.”
Desautel said any displaced families were welcome at a gymnasium in nearby Coulee Dam.
School was also canceled Friday in another nearby school district, covering the small towns of Wilbur and Creston. In a message on its Instagram page, the district wrote that there had been “a tragedy in the Keller community” involving the loss of lives.
“Right now, our hearts are heavy, and we are in support of the entire Keller Community,” the message said.