Four found shot, killed in Towner County wheat field

Friends describe Doug Dulmage as a devoted farmer, and avid hunter, a loving husband and father of two.
Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 10:52 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2022 at 3:10 PM CDT
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TOWNER COUNTY, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE (8/31, 3PM): The Towner County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the four people killed.

They are Douglas Dulmage, 56, of Leeds; Justin Bracken, 34, of Leeds; Richard Bracken, 64, of Leeds; and Robert Bracken, 59, of Cando.

The sheriff’s office also says they recovered a .357 caliber revolver from the scene.

They say more information will be released after the forensic medical examinations are complete.

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Authorities are investigating a gruesome scene in Towner County where they discovered four dead bodies.

The Towner County Sheriff’s Department says they were called to a wheat field in the 6100 block of 66th St. NE. on Monday, August 29 for a report of unresponsive individuals. That wheat field is between Leeds and Cando.

When authorities arrived, they say they found four people shot dead. Authorities say they also found a gun in possession of one of the people. At this time, the sheriff’s office says it appears to be a murder-suicide. Officials confirm the deceased are a farmer and three of his hired men.

Family members and neighbors of the scene tell Valley News Live a dispute occurred and a man shot and killed his brother, his son and his boss before turning the gun on himself. It’s unclear what the argument was about.

The Towner County Sheriff’s Department along with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation are working the case.