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News Release
FBI and Tribal Police Investigate Shooting on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Pendleton SWAT Team Assists with Federal Search Warrant - 03/08/19

At 1:42 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, a woman, age 32, suffered a gunshot wound while sitting as a passenger in a vehicle that was being driven on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The woman, a non-tribal member, was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital and then transported by ambulance to a regional hospital in the Tri-Cities. Her injuries are non-life threatening.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. on March 7th, the Pendleton Police SWAT team, in coordination with the FBI and the Umatilla Tribal Police, helped to serve a federal search warrant at a home on the reservation as a part of this investigation. During that SWAT operation, occupants of the house refused to comply with orders to leave the home, and the tactical team deployed CS gas. After the two occupants came out, Umatilla Tribal Police officers arrested them on outstanding local warrants. 

Shirleen Speedis, age 51, and Seth Finch, age 23, are currently lodged in the Umatilla County Jail. Those outstanding warrants that they face are not related to the current investigation. 

The federal search warrant is currently sealed, and no further information on that warrant can be released as this time. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information about the larger investigation can be released, either.

Anyone with information concerning this shooting is asked to call the Umatilla Tribal Police at (541) 278-0550, the FBI in Pendleton at (541) 276-1433 or the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4191. You may also submit information online at https://tips.fbi.gov

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