The U.S. Attorney for Montana has cleared an unidentified Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer of criminal wrongdoing in the on-duty shooting death of Arlin Bordeaux in Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in late December.
“After a thorough investigation by the FBI into the shooting of Mr. Bordeaux by a BIA officer and an extensive review by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the office has declined to prosecute the case,” U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said in a statement issued Thursday.
On Dec. 2 last year, a BIA officer responded to a call of a suspicious man near a residence. When the officer arrived he found Bordeaux, who was “acting in a peculiar manner,” the statement said. Bordeaux allegedly disobeyed orders to stop and get on the ground and began fighting with the officer.
The officer called for back-up and a second BIA officer arrived. Trying to use non-lethal methods, including tasers, both officers attempted to arrest Bordeaux, “who was taller and heavier than the officers,” read the statement. During the fighting, Bordeaux allegedly grabbed one of the officer’s taser and was within arm’s reach of the other.
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