(Red Fawn Fallis was charged with attempted murder after Thursdays confrontation with police. Photo: Facebook)
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A demonstrator involved in anti-pipeline demonstrations in North Dakota has been charged with attempted murder, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.
Red Fawn Fallis, 37, is accused of firing a .38 revolver while being arrested by two deputies from the Pennington South Dakota Sheriff’s Department last Thursday.
It was the same day when authorities moved against Native American led demonstrators who were blocking Hwy 1806 in an attempt to stop construction of the North Dakota Access pipeline.
In addition to the attempted murder charge, Fallis is also facing one count of preventing arrest, a count of carrying a concealed weapon and a count of possession of marijuana.
Fallis allegedly pulled out the gun and fired two shots as she was being wrestled down by the two deputies, according to an affidavit from an agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
A bullet allegedly hit the ground next to the knee of one of the deputies.
The affidavit states that Fallis was also found with a small amount of marijuana and a set of brass knuckles.
The affidavit states Fallis allegedly told officials with North Dakota Probation and Parole that they were lucky she didn’t “shoot all you f—ers.”
On the same day the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced the charges against Fallis, officials also stated Kyle Thompson, a contractor with the North Dakota Access pipeline company, would not face charges after being detained with an assault rifle last Thursday.
Thompson was caught on video holding the rifle during an altercation with demonstrators.
The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said Thompson may have been the victim in the incident and an investigation is ongoing.
Thompson issued a Facebook statement Sunday saying he did not fire any shots during the incident.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement last week saying Thompson fired several shots from his rifle.
Authorities have arrested about 411 people since August in connection with ongoing demonstrations against the pipeline.
Fallis is the first demonstrator to be charged with an offense linked to the use of a firearm.