(MTN News-BILLINGS) A Colorado woman protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota has been charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Red Fawn Fallis, 37, allegedly fired three rounds after resisting arrest on Thursday, October 27, along Highway 1806.
Court documents state Fallis was instigating violence and acting disorderly. As she began walking away from the crowd, two Morton County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest Fallis.
She allegedly resisted as the two deputies took Fallis to the ground. During the struggle, deputies heard two gunshots occur very quickly.
Fallis was able to free her left hand and grab the gun in her possession while positioned on her left side and allegedly fired several shots.
Court documents state she would not let go of the weapon.
Neither deputy was struck, and both were able to subdue her into handcuffs with the assistance of other officers.
One deputy, identified as Rusty Schmidt, stated that Fallis was trying to shoot him. Schmidt “was afraid that if he lost his grip [on her arm], Fallis would kill him and then turn and shoot fellow Deputy Thad Schmit.
Once in custody, officers found a small amount of what they believed to be marijuana in her pants pockets, as well as brass knuckles in her backpack.
Fallis was turned over to the custody of North Dakota Probation & Parole for transport.
During the transport, Fallis stated she was trying to pull the gun out of her pocket, and the deputies jumped on her, and the gun went off, according to court documents.
She reportedly told the Probation & Parole officers that they are lucky she didn’t shoot “all you f*ckers.”
Tensions between law enforcement and protesters continue to build as Sioux leaders claim an abuse of force by police.
Over the weekend, more than 140 protesters were arrested, leading tribal officials to consider suing law enforcement for its actions.
Reporter: Dustin Kelmann