Murder charges added in White Swan mass shooting

By on Friday, November 20th, 2020 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

YAKIMA – The federal government has now filed murder charges in an indictment against James Dean Cloud and Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud in the mass shooting outside White Swan in June 2019. The indictment against the Cloud’s supersedes charges of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, and carjacking.

The indictment brings multiple counts of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and brandishing a firearm with the intent to commit bodily injury against the two. Together, they face a total of 19 counts.

The indictment charges James Cloud with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of second degree murder, carjacking, kidnapping, brandishing a dangerous weapon in furtherance of a crime, and assault with a dangerous weapon. Donovan Cloud is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, carjacking, kidnapping, brandishing a dangerous weapon in furtherance of a crime, and assault with a deadly weapon.

They are charged in relation to the shooting deaths of five people just west of White Swan on the Yakama Indian Reservation. Two others were shot but survived. The FBI is investigating the case because it occurred on the reservation.