Pine Ridge, South Dakota
June 03, 2015
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 5 years ago
The man shot by a Pine Ridge tribal police officer earlier this month has died from his injuries, according to authorities, who say the incident remains under investigation.
The FBI identified the dead man as Jamie Lee Brave Heart. He was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
The officer, a patrolman not identified by the FBI, accompanied Brave Heart to Pine Ridge Hospital on June 3 after being summoned by Brave Heart’s mother, said tribal spokesman Kevin Yellow Bird Steele.
“The mom told them that he was acting strange and irate and wasn’t himself,” Yellow Bird Steele said in a phone interview Tuesday.
While Brave Heart was waiting for his medical evaluation, he suddenly tried to leave the emergency room, Yellow Bird Steele said. The officer followed him, and Brave Heart turned around and stabbed the officer.
“The officer pulled his firearm, because he not only stabbed the officer but cut him several times,” Yellow Bird Steele said, citing a conversation with hospital security.
Both men were treated at Pine Ridge Hospital, Yellow Bird Steele said.
Some reports identified Brave Heart as an inmate. Yellow Bird Steele said Brave Heart had not been booked into jail when he was taken to the hospital, though he was then under police custody.
The shooting happened around 10 a.m. June 3, and Pine Ridge Hospital was immediately locked down for several hours. Keeping people from entering or leaving followed standard security procedures, according to tribal police.
Yellow Bird Steele said he did not know the wounded officer's medical status, or additional details about Brave Heart. The tribal police chief could not be reached for comment.
“Nobody has given us a report,” Yellow Bird Steele said. "We're kinda like you, in a limbo."
The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs continue to investigate the incident, said FBI spokesman Kyle Loven. Once the investigation is completed, he said, the results will be submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office for evaluation.