Wife charged in fatal shooting of Oglala Sioux tribal officer

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The latest on the fatal shooting of an Oglala Sioux tribal officer.


Feb. 15

The wife of an Oglala Sioux police officer shot to death over the weekend is charged in federal court with murder.

Tiffany Janis is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her husband, Brian Garrett. Police say he was shot in their home in Kyle after the couple argued.

A public defender has been appointed for Janis.

Funeral arrangements:

There will be an escort on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge at 10 a.m. Garrett will be escorted to the Little Wound School in Kyle for a one-night wake. Wake Services will be at 7 p.m. with a law enforcement role call to follow at 10 p.m.

The funeral will be at noon on Feb. 19 at the Little Wound School with a burial to take place at Garrett’s home, located 8 miles east of Kyle.

Anyone with questions should contact the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety or Capt. Nick Campbell.

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Feb. 12

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety (OST) said Officer Brian Garrett was off-duty at the time of the shooting. Medical staff arrived to the residence near Kyle Saturday morning and administered CPR to Garrett. He was transported to a medical helicopter in Kyle where he was pronounced dead. 

According to the OST, one person was taken into custody at the residence Saturday in connection with the shooting. The suspect's identity is being withheld pending investigation.

Garrett was escorted from Rapid City Regional Hospital to the Pine Ridge Reservation Monday afternoon.

"Anything like this is a loss for any department," said Nicholas Campbell, with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. "It's always hard losing an officer, anyone in the family. You know, we're all brothers and sisters, so losing an officer is always hard. He's just a fun, happy guy, and we're all going to miss him." 

Agencies involved in the escort included: the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Fire Service.

No details have been released regarding a memorial service for Garrett. 

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Feb. 11

Officer Brian Gerard Garrett, 52, of Kyle, was shot and killed early Saturday morning, according to the FBI's Minneapolis field office.

The FBI says Garret was shot and killed during an apparent domestic dispute at a residence east of Kyle around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. There is no threat to the public.

The FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Oglala Sioux tribal police continue to investigate.

The FBI's Minneapolis field office, which also covers South Dakota, says no further comment will be available.

Funeral arrangements for Garrett are pending.

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