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Identity of suspect in Pryor double homicide confirmed, booking photo released

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PRYOR -

The suspect of the double homicide in Pryor has been confirmed and identified as Jesus Deniz Mendoza, 18, of Worland, Wyo. 

The Park County Wyoming Sheriff's Office released his booking photo Thursday morning. 

Mendoza was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection to the deaths of 52-year-old Jason Shane of Pryor and his wife, Tana Shane, who is estimated by family members to be in her late 40’s or early 50’s.

Both lost their lives when they were shot Wednesday shortly after 10 a.m.

Mendoza was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday more than 150 miles away in Meeteetse, Wyo. 

Family members of Jason and Tana Shane said the couple stopped to help Mendoza who was stranded along Pryor Gap Road. 

According to the family, Mendoza shot and killed the couple and also shot at their 25-year-old daughter who was able to escape and get help. 

The case is currently under investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Crow Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The homicide took place within the boundaries of Big Horn County. The County Attorney Jay Harris said he plans to open a full investigation into Mendoza's activities while he was in the county, before the homicide occurred.

"We have very strong leads that he was not here by happenstance," Harris said over the phone Thursday. 

Mendoza is being held at the jail in Park County, Wyo. 

Agents of the FBI arrived in Cody Wednesday to begin proceedings to transfer Mendoza back to Montana.

Related: Suspect arrested in Pryor double homicide

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