Fatal Sisseton Wahpeton shootings blamed on domestic violence

Chief Arvol Looking Horse leads riders through Sisseton in honor of the victims of a domestic violence incident on the reservation. Photo by John Heminger / Sota Iye Ya Yapi

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released the results of an investigation into the deaths of four people on the reservation of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

Jackley said domestic violence was the driving force being the deaths of Vernon Renville Jr., Angela Adams, Candice Labelle at a home on the reservation on November 22. He said all evidence pointed to Colter Arbach, 22, as the shooter.

Arbach turned the gun on himself after shooting Renville, Adams and Labelle. He also shot Karissa Dog Eagle, who remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

"It has been determined that domestic violence was the major contributing factor in the shooting. All five families involved, the community of Sisseton and South Dakota have suffered a tremendous loss," Jackley said in a press release.

Prior to the shootings, Arbach punched Dog Eagle after she tried to end their relationship, according to the investigation. He went for a gun after she indicated that she, or someone else in the home, might contact police.

According to a GoFundMe page, the shooting left 11 children orphaned. Sierra Smiley Wolcott and other tribal members are collecting donations and raising money for the children and Dogeagle.

Get the Story:
Domestic violence behind shooting of five in Sisseton (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 12/20)
Fatal shootings in Sisseton sparked by domestic dispute (The Fargo Forum 12/20)
AG: Sisseton killings result of domestic violence (The Sioux City Journal 12/20)
Attorney General releases new details about Sisseton shooting (KSFY 12/19)
Updates In Sisseton Shooting Investigation (KDLT 12/19)

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