A Pryor couple was shot to death and their daughter wounded at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when they stopped to help a man who had run out of gas on the Crow Reservation.
Jesus Deniz Mendoza, also known as Jesus Deniz, was arrested at around 12:30 p.m. about eight miles north of Meeteetse, Wyo.
"At this time, there is no further danger to the community," said Todd Palmer, Special Agent with the FBI in the Salt Lake City Division.
Bryce Hugs, who is serving as a family spokesman, said his aunt, Tana Shane, 50, and his uncle, Jason Shane, 52, were killed. Their daughter Jorah Shane, 24, was shot, but escaped.
Hugs said his aunt drove by a stranded man on Pryor Gap Road just south of Pryor and went home and picked up her husband and daughter to offer help. The family traveled to the corner store in Pryor to get gasoline, but the store was closed. When they returned to the stranded man, the shooting took place.
“When they came back to help him, that’s when it all took place,” Hugs said. “(He) killed both of them and then shot the daughter,” Hugs said. “It grazed her in the head and when she took off (he) shot her in the back.”
Hugs said Jora Shane ran to a nearby school and met a car there. She was given a ride back to her home and returned to the scene of the shooting with some family members. She was taken to a Billings hospital.
The Shanes leave two sons and five daughters behind. The youngest graduated from high school this year, Hugs said.
Big Horn County Undersheriff Bart Elliott said an officer spoke briefly with Jora Shane.
"The victim that was transported to the emergency room really doesn't know what's going on," Elliott said.
Law enforcement from the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Department and the Montana Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
A helicopter also assisted in the search for the suspect.
Regional law enforcement was told to be on the lookout for a 2006 silver or gray Pontiac that belonged to the Shanes. The car was spotted by a Park County, Wyo., sheriff’s deputy driving southbound on Wyoming Highway 120 at milepost 68.
The deputy believed Mendoza to be armed and dangerous and trailed the car, not initiating a traffic stop until the arrival of a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper, according to a release from Lance Mathess, Park County Sheriff’s office spokesman.
He was arrested 12 miles off Wyoming State Highway 120, eight miles north of Meeteetse, Wyo.
Mendoza was taken into custody without incident and is being held in the Park County Detention Center.
He is being held in “investigatory custody for another agency” Mathess said.
Agents with the FBI were in Cody on Wednesday to begin proceedings to transfer Mendoza back to Montana.
Palmer confirmed the suspect is in custody in Wyoming and that the FBI and BIA are the investigating agencies in the case.