An investigation found that a farm worker in North Dakota killed his own sister, his kid, and another man before turning the pistol on himself after a quarrel between two brothers.
According to Towner County Sheriff Andrew Hillier, Robert Bracken, 59, is accused of killing Douglas Dulmage, 56, on August 29 with his combine harvester after the farmer hired him and two other people to assist with harvesting.
Injuries from a.357-caliber handgun that Bracken self-inflicted were discovered during an autopsy. Evidence found at the site suggested that Bracken murdered Dulmage, his own brother, Richard Bracken, 64, and his son Justin Bracken, 34, before killing himself.
Around 13 miles northeast of Leeds, in a wheat field west of Maza, North Dakota, a triple murder-suicide took place.
The sheriff said that the argument had been “escalating for a week or more” before to the shooting, but he provided no other information on the cause.
Dulmage farmed with his 95-year-old father at their land outside of town while living in Leeds with his wife and two kids.
According to neighbourhood sources, including family members, Dulmage had employed the three Bracken men to labour on the Cando farm.
Four people were unconscious when deputies arrived at the area in the 6100 block of 66th Street Northeast about 6 o’clock in the evening.
It is difficult to comprehend why anything like this would occur in a rural agricultural town, said Daryl Lies, president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, in a statement.
“Evil may be terrible when it manifests itself, but we must keep in mind that good predominates over evil in our world.” Doug will always be remembered for his love of his family and commitment to agriculture.
Local volunteers completed harvesting the deceased farmer’s wheat crop after the incident.
The remaining wheat, maize, and soybeans will need to be harvested, according to Traynor, who said that local farmers and friends of the Dulmage family had already attended a conference to discuss how they would proceed.
The chairman of a North Dakota agricultural organisation said the fatalities are a shock to the farming community during a period that is often a lead-up to celebrating harvest.
Doug was a stalwart in the neighbourhood. A quiet servant leader, he was. His deeds were a testimony to his incredible character,’ Pat Traynor, a close friend of the Dulmage family, told KX News.