Four people have been arrested after a series of shootings on the Yakama Reservation late Saturday left five people dead.

The fourth and final suspect, a 35-year-old man, had been at large and was considered armed and dangerous until his capture around 4:30 a.m. Monday in Wapato, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

That man was taken into custody after a brief fight with law-enforcement officers, the office said. He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and then booked into jail on a federal warrant.

“Currently there are no further suspects or persons of interest outstanding,” the office said Monday.

Three other suspects had been arrested by Sunday, law-enforcement officials said.

The shootings, which all occurred within the boundaries of the Yakama Reservation, are being investigated by the county, the FBI and the Yakama Nation Police Department.


None of the agencies had by Monday released information about the victims, the suspects, the relationships between them or what may have led to the killings.

The sheriff’s office said that, of the five victims, four were killed in the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road; the fifth was found in a vehicle in the 3400 block of Evans Road. Two additional injured people were found at the Evans Road address, law enforcement said.

On Sunday evening, tribal police and the county erroneously said all four suspects had been caught. In fact, officials later clarified, one of the suspects was at that time still at large.

Investigators say they believe the suspects are also responsible for an armed robbery in the 9400 block of Evans Road that occurred after the Medicine Valley Road shooting, according to the sheriff’s office. No one was hurt in the robbery, according to the statement.

According to county authorities, the five dead people are with the Yakima County Coroner, who reportedly told the Yakima Herald-Republic he hoped the autopsies would be completed by Wednesday.

The FBI joined the investigation after a request for assistance from local police. The bureau typically investigates homicides and other felony crimes that occur on tribal lands. In addition, the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Team helped document the scene of the shooting, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office provided a helicopter that was used to find a vehicle police believe was involved in the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.