Manhunt continues for suspect in fatal Redby assault
The investigation into the Wednesday afternoon shootings in Redby moved into the third day Friday with the FBI and Red Lake Department of Public Safety the lead agencies in the case.
"The search continues," said Bill Brunelle, Red Lake Public Safety director.
He said investigators are following up leads, but do not have information on the whereabouts of the shooting suspect, Donald Lee Clark Jr. - also known as Don Juan - or the "person of interest" Cruz White.
A woman designated Thursday as a person of interest, Jerrilee Head, who is reputed to be Clark's girlfriend, has been taken off the list, Brunelle said Friday.
"We have interviewed her, and we determined that she wasn't at the scene, so she's no longer a person of interest," he said.
Brunelle reported Thursday that Red Lake Police received the 911 call concerning a shooting incident in Redby at about 3:12 p.m. Wednesday.
Within minutes of the 911 call, Red Lake Police and Criminal Investigation Division officers arrived at the shooting scene near the Red Lake Fisheries facility five miles east of the city of Red Lake.
Officers found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as Julian Demarrias, 22, Jerrick Demarrias, 19, who were brothers, and Orland Spears, 19.
The three wounded men were taken to Red Lake Indian Health Services Hospital. Julian Demarrias died of his wounds. Spears was transferred to North Country Regional Hospital and has been upgraded to good condition as of Friday. A hospital spokesperson said Spears is out of intensive care and expected to recover.
Red Lake Hospital, NCRH and Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D., have no current record of the presence of Jerrick Demarrias. Brunelle said he does not know where the wounded man is being cared for, but said Jerrick Demarrias is alive.
Brunelle warned that anyone who encounters Clark or White should not approach them, but should immediately contact the Red Lake Department of Public Safety at 218-679-3313 or the Bemidji FBI at 751-0610.
The public safety director said neither Clark nor the 1998 black GMC Yukon he was driving - Red Lake license plate 19287 - had been located as of Friday. Brunelle said there might be more than one shooter, and Clark and other possible suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.
Red Lake Public started the investigation Wednesday with the assistance of the Bemidji FBI office, Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Border Patrol.
"We're just continuing to assist in any way we can," said Beltrami County Chief Deputy Mike Bakke. "We're also being vigilant, looking out for any individual who might be involved."
Witnesses to the shooting said they heard 8-10 shots and saw the Yukon, black with a cream-colored stripe on the side, speed away from the scene. The other vehicle was a Dodge Durango.
Brunelle said he has heard various accounts of motives for the shootings, but could only say there was a long-term dispute among those involved.
Clark has a history of drug violations and drunk driving in Beltrami County, according to state court records.
In December, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Bemidji for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and accompanying driving violations and fleeing a police officer.
The case stemmed from April 2009 when he fled deputies across the boundary of the reservation and was arrested later that day.
He also was put on probation in the December sentencing for four years and fined about $1,000, with about half of it stayed.
Clark had lost his driving privileges in 2005.
In August, a warrant was issued for Clark for violating probation on the 2009 charges.
From court records, it appears his unpaid fines were sent to a collections agency last summer and were due Wednesday.