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North Dakota farmer among four found dead in wheat field in murder-suicide

Authorities in North Dakota recognized 4 folks Wednesday who have been found shot to death in a wheat field this week.

Towner County Sheriff Andrew Hillier recognized them in a press release as Douglas Dulmage, 56; Justin Bracken, 34; Richard Bracken, 64; and Robert Bracken, 59.

A gun discovered on the scene, almost 200 miles northeast of Bismarck, was a .357 revolver, Hillier mentioned.

Douglas Dulmage.KVLY

Hillier didn’t establish a attainable motive or present extra details about the incident. In a press release Tuesday, he mentioned proof on the scene steered the incident was a murder-suicide.

NBC affiliate KVLY of Fargo reported that Dulmage was killed whereas he was combining wheat and had employed the three males to work on his farm. The our bodies have been found round 6 p.m. Monday, when a relative of one of many farmhands when to verify on him, Forum News Service of Fargo-Moorhead reported.

A longtime good friend of Dulmage’s, Pat Traynor, described his killing to KVLY as a “devastating loss.”

“He was a pillar of the group,” Traynor advised the station. “Everyone liked Doug Dulmage.”

Citing relations, KVLY reported {that a} dispute prompted one of many males to kill his brother, his son and Dulmage earlier than he died by suicide. Public information establish Justin Bracken as Robert Bracken’s son.

Reached by telephone, a girl who recognized herself solely as Robert Bracken’s ex-wife mentioned her ex-husband “did not have a imply bone in his physique.”

“We want time to course of this,” she mentioned, including that she would await a police account of the incident earlier than commenting additional.

There was no speedy reply to a message left at a telephone quantity listed as that of a relative of Richard Bracken’s.

Should you or somebody is in disaster, name 988 to succeed in the Suicide and Disaster Lifeline. You can even name the community, beforehand generally known as the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, textual content HOME to 741741 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for extra sources.

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