FBI: Argument Over Driving Led To Murder In Pine Ridge

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An argument led to a murder in Pine Ridge, a FBI special agent testified in a criminal complaint on November 30.

According to the court papers, Heaven High Hawk and her husband Shawn Stevens heard a car outside their home at Sitting Bull and Irving Streets in Pine Ridge. Outside, they saw a Chevrolet Tahoe “spinning cookies” near their parked car.

The FBI said words were exchanged between Stevens, his friend and the driver, Thomas Brewer, before Brewer flashed a gun from inside the vehicle. According to High Hawk’s testimony, Brewer then drove home down the street, parked and walked back with his three passengers.

Brewer then shot Stevens once in the stomach.  Stevens was driven to the Pine Ridge Indian Health Service Hospital by his friend. He later died during surgery after being airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

FBI testimony said a 9mm shell casing was found near the intersection. Two of the passengers — Carl Shockey and Trevor Poor Bear — were found inside the Tahoe about a block away from the shooting. Both were arrested on tribal charges.

Federal authorities are still searching for 26-year-old Brewer and third passenger Joel Roubideaux. Their whereabouts are unknown at this time, but on Monday, the FBI said Brewer is known to have ties to Spokane, WA.

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