4 people found shot dead in North Dakota wheat field
TOWNER COUNTY, N.D. (KVLY/Gray News) – Four bodies were discovered in a North Dakota wheat field Monday.
The Towner County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were called to the field for a report of unresponsive people.
When deputies arrived, they found four people shot dead. They said they also found a gun on one of the bodies.
Early investigation points to an apparent murder-suicide, the sheriff’s office said.
Family members and neighbors on the scene tell KVLY an argument occurred, and a man shot and killed his brother, his son, and his boss before turning the gun on himself.
Authorities identified the victims as 56-year-old Doug Dulmage, 34-year-old Justin Bracken, 64-year-old Richard Bracken and 59-year-old Robert Bracken.
Friends describe Dulmage as a devoted farmer, an avid hunter, a loving husband and a father of two.
“He was a pillar of the community; it’s a total devastating loss. Everybody loved Doug Dulmage,” said Pat Traynor, a friend of nearly two decades. “Everybody, Doug didn’t have enemies. Everybody loved, loved Doug. Just a tremendous role model for all of us.”
The Towner County Sheriff’s Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation are working the case.
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