Suspects arrested after Native American reservation shooting

A final suspect has been arrested after a days-long manhunt over a series of fatal shootings at a Native American reservation. 

James Cloud, 35, was arrested on Monday over his alleged involvement in the shootings around a community on the Yakama Reservation in Washington state, which left five people dead.

According to local media quoting Yakama county sheriff Robert Udell, three people were found dead near the White Swan community on Saturday afternoon.

A fourth person with gunshot wounds found at the same location was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Mr Udell said a fifth body was then discovered in a vehicle a short distance away.

An armed robbery of a vehicle had also occurred close by, but no injuries were reported.

The sheriff’s office statement said it believed all the incidents were connected, stressing that a case involving the murders of five people was “very unusual”.

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On Sunday evening, three unnamed “people of interest” were taken into custody and police said it was no longer searching for suspects.

But several hours later, police issued a poster on Facebook for Cloud, which connected him to the shootings and described him as “armed and extremely dangerous”.

The Facebook post said Cloud remained “at large” due to an earlier “misidentification”.

Following an overnight manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies, he was found and arrested.

No motive for the killings has been publicly noted.

The shootings were south of the city of Yakima, which is about two hours southeast of Seattle.

Source: SKY NEWS

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