Fort Yates family wants answers after death of relative in October

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FORT YATES, N.D. - It's been three and a half months since a police officer shot and killed a man at a Fort Yates gas station. Officers had responded to a report of shots fired. Yet relatives of Ryan Gipp say they still don't know what all happened.

"At least tell us something something, anything. I don't know anything, I haven't known anything since October 23 so I'm just sitting here on air,” said Ryan’s sister Candace Gipp.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says on October 23, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a Fort Yates gas station. Gipp exited the vehicle and walked toward officers with his hands in his pockets. He ignored officers commands to show his hands, and was shot. He died at the hospital.

"He has three children that are now without a father and I'm here to stand up for my brother because he's not here to stand up for himself,” said Gipp.

"We have to stand up for what's right and right now, the way we are being treated by the B-I-A police officers and our tribal chairman, I don't feel like anything is going to be done,” said Gipp’s cousin Aylcia Yellow Eyes.

We asked the BIA for an update in the investigation, but they declined to comment. Yellow Eyes says Gipp’s parents met with the FBI and Tribal Chairman on Monday.