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Black Arrested In Reserve Shooting Incident

Jonathan Black Jr., a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, was arrested after surrendering peacefully to law enforcement following a shooting incident in Reserve March 3.


Sheridan County dispatch received a call just prior to 6 p.m. reporting a shooting at a home in the tiny town of Reserve, located north of Medicine Lake on the very edge of the Fort Peck Reservation. United States Border Patrol and Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the residence due to the isolated location of the town.


The suspect, later identified as Black, surrendered peacefully after deputies and dispatch talked him down.


According to Sheridan County Undersheriff Scott Nelson, the incident didn’t take long to resolve given the circumstances. From call to resolve, the entire incident took place in a span of 30 to 40 minutes.


Nelson reported that the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the face. Nelson said that luck played a factor in the victim’s survival. The victim was transported to Sheridan Memorial Hospital.


Though the victim’s current condition couldn’t be confirmed, Nelson said he was in stable condition when the emergency medical technicians transported him to the hospital. 

The victim’s tribal enrollment status is unknown at this time.


Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody. As of presstime, the suspect was being held in the Fort Peck Adult Correctional Facility in Poplar.


Due to the tribal status of Black, Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent David Burns will investigate the case. The FPTDLJ will also investigate in cooperation with the FBI.
Nelson confirmed a firearm was confiscated at the scene, but was unable to identify what type of firearm, opting to let the FBI release that information.


Burns had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.


Charges filed against Black are pending the FBI and FPTDLJ investigations.