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Suspect in Pine Ridge fatal shooting on FBI Most Wanted list

Suspect in Pine Ridge fatal shooting on FBI Most Wanted list


Federal authorities are looking for a Pine Ridge man charged in a Nov. 30 fatal shooting on the reservation.

Thomas Joseph Brewer, 26, will face a second-degree murder charge in the death of Shawn Stevens around 12:15 a.m. Brewer disappeared soon after the incident, authorities said.

Stevens and his wife were in their trailer at Pine Ridge’s East Ridge Housing when they saw an SUV spinning in circles in a nearby intersection, according to an FBI report filed in U.S. District Court. The couple were worried the SUV might hit their parked vehicle, so Stevens and another man went to speak with the SUV’s occupants.

The SUV was being driven by Brewer, who, during the conversation, displayed a dark-colored handgun, the report said.

Brewer then drove home, parked the SUV and walked back toward Stevens’ home with his three male passengers, authorities said.

“Stevens was in the middle of the roadway intersection talking to Brewer and the other three males,” the report said. “Brewer raised his right hand with a gun in it and fired a single shot, striking Stevens in his abdomen.”

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Stevens was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where he died on the operating table.

A 9 mm shell casing was found near the shooting scene, and a 9 mm “projectile” was recovered from Stevens’ body during surgery, the FBI said.

Stevens’ wife, who witnessed the incident and told police she went to school with Brewer, identified him as the shooter. If convicted of second-degree murder, Brewer could face up to life in prison.

Two of Brewer’s passengers were arrested in Pine Ridge on tribal charges, but Brewer and his other companion could not be found.

The FBI included Brewer on its Most Wanted list this week, labeling the shooting the "case of the week" on its website. The FBI is asking anyone with information on Brewer’s whereabouts to contact the FBI or local police.

Brewer, who also goes by the name Tom Richards, was born in Spokane, Wash., and still has ties to the area, according to his FBI wanted poster. He is described as 5-feet-9 to 5-11 and weighs 185 to 200 pounds with tattoos on both arms and on his left shoulder.

The FBI said Brewer is known to abuse drugs and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Stevens is the fifth known shooting fatality on the Pine Ridge reservation since July. The other victims are Te’Ca Clifford, 13; Todd Little Bull, 25; Annie Colhoff, 34; and Vinnie Brewer III, 29.

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Cops and Courts Reporter

Cops and courts reporter for the Rapid City Journal from February 2016 to July 2018. Contact her on Facebook or Twitter @tiffgtan.

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