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FBI investigating officers' shooting of man on Northern Cheyenne reservation
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FBI investigating officers' shooting of man on Northern Cheyenne reservation

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The FBI is still investigating an incident in which police officers on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation shot a man last Tuesday.

Details about the shooting have not been released, nor have the names of the officers involved. But, a statement from the FBI reported the man is currently in custody and no further information would be released until the agency completes its investigation. No officers were injured.

Arlene Catchestheenemy, a resident of Pine Wood, South Dakota, said she was informed by hospital personnel that her son had been taken to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings Sept. 2, to be treated for three gunshot wounds inflicted by officers in Lame Deer, a day after the shooting.

She said she hasn’t spoken with her son, 36-year-old Antoine Robert Three Fingers, since the day he was shot.

According to arraignment documents published the Northern Cheyenne Court Sept. 9, Three Fingers faces five counts of assaulting an officer and aggravated assault, along with speeding, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

The Northern Cheyenne Court could not be reached for comment, and the Northern Cheyenne Agency of the BIA, responsible for law enforcement on the reservation, directed all questions to the FBI.

Catchestheenemy said Thursday her son has since been taken to the Rocky Mountain Regional Detention Facility, operated by the BIA, in Hardin. Jail staff could not comment on whether he was an inmate.

Speaking with The Gazette recently, Catchestheenemy said she has been prevented by both law enforcement and hospital workers from speaking with Three Fingers. She cycled through contacting the BIA office in Lame Deer, an agent with the FBI and staff at St. Vincent.

“I demanded to talk to somebody, and I demanded to know why they shot my son,” she said.

According to Catchestheenemy, Three Fingers had been living in South Dakota prior to the shooting. 

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