Police search for Battle Mountain homicide suspect

2011-12-20T14:47:00Z 2011-12-23T08:26:47Z Police search for Battle Mountain homicide suspectBy JARED DuBACH — Free Press Staff Writer Elko Daily Free Press

BATTLE MOUNTAIN — Law officers are on the lookout for a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting about 1 a.m. Tuesday on the Battle Mountain Indian Colony.

According to Mike Kolsch, police chief for the Western Shoshone Department of Public Safety, officials are looking for Daniel James Draper, 47, as a suspect in the homicide. Draper should be driving a black, 2001 Ford Ranger pickup with possible license plate NR8764.

Draper is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is slim with a clear complexion. He has most recently been seen with a mustache.

Kolsch said a federal warrant was being sought for Draper's arrest. He was not releasing the identity of the victim until he was sure the next of kin had been notified. He also would not say what may have prompted the shooting, but did say Draper and the victim knew each other.

Kolsch said an eyewitness statement led authorities to name Draper as the suspect. A search warrant for Draper's residence was conducted Tuesday afternoon. Kolsch said Draper was not at that residence.

A firearm believed to have been used in the shooting has been recovered, Kolsch said.

The Western Shoshone DPS has been working with sheriff's offices from Lander and Washoe counties, as well as the Reno FBI office. Anyone who has seen Draper since the time of the shooting should call their local law enforcement agency.

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