Nez Perce Tribe sets community forum on shootings

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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) – Nez Perce Tribe officials say they have scheduled a community forum with the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss concerns over the unrelated shooting deaths of two tribal members.

Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee Chairman Samuel Penney says the meeting May 26 in Lapwai is intended for tribal members, who will be given opportunity to ask questions.

The FBI has confirmed Randall Vernon Ellenwood, 50, was shot to death by an Idaho State Police officer May 25 after a high-speed chase that began on the Nez Perce Reservation near Lewiston.

Last month, authorities say 21-year-old Gabriel D. Pena Warden was shot and killed while attempting to break into a grocery store by a man who was sleeping inside the business.

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