- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of killing one man and critically injuring a second used his vehicle, his booted foot and a knife as weapons in the fight on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, his girlfriend told a federal investigator.

Tribal member Dallas Thundershield is accused of killing Richard Dumarce Sr. and injuring Elvis Demarce in an April 9 fight that began while the three were driving around with Thundershield’s girlfriend. The relationships between Thundershield and the two other men and the nature of the argument are not clear.

Thundershield, who is in his mid-30s, is charged in federal court with murder and attempted murder. He faces a preliminary hearing Monday. Federal Public Defender Neil Fulton, whose office is representing Thundershield, said Tuesday that he was out of the office and not able to immediately comment.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers who responded to the scene along a reservation road on April 9 found Dumarce dead with a single stab wound to his chest and Demarce suffering from multiple stab wounds, FBI Special Agent Jacob Shaver said in an affidavit released late Monday. Dumarce was in his early 50s.

Demarce, who is in his early 40s, was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks in critical condition. The hospital is not releasing updates on his condition.

Thundershield’s girlfriend told authorities that he also kicked Demarce in the face and drove his pickup truck into Dumarce, repeatedly saying, “I have to kill them.”

Police arrested Thundershield in a residence near Hamar and found the truck in nearby woods.

A BIA special agent “noticed a red substance that appeared to be blood located on the hood, bumper, bug deflector and inside of the vehicle,” Shaver wrote. The agent “collected a knife that was partially stuck in the ground near the truck,” he said.

Thundershield waived his right to a detention hearing late last week and will remain in custody until his case is resolved, court documents show.


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