Umatilla Tribal Police arrest homicide suspect as FBI joins investigation

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MISSION, Ore. — Just hours after a man was fatally stabbed at his residence on the Umatilla Reservation, a suspect was brought into custody by Tribal Police in the preliminary stages of their investigation.

According to a press release shared by the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) on Facebook, the arrest was made at 4:00 p.m. on May 25, 2022. A CTUIR member named Kawlija Nicoah Scott was brought into custody on probable cause that he committed homicide on the reservation.

Tribal police have reason to believe that Scott, who was inside the victim’s residence at the time of the altercation, fatally stabbed the man who was since identified as Gabriel David Freeman. From there, Scott allegedly fled from the residence in an attempt to evade arrest.

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Soon after, Umatilla Tribal Police made contact with Scott and apprehended him on a tribal charge of homicide. However, an investigation is still underway in collaboration between tribal law enforcement and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Under current guidelines set between the CTUIR and the United States government, both entities have concurrent jurisdiction over the case. Therefore, they will investigate this homicide together in order to bring justice to the victim and his family.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued once further details are revealed.

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