A man has been charged with aggravated battery in connection with a June 1 shooting in the Pearl River community.

Ruben Cruz, 23, of the Pearl River community, was arrested on June 6 and charged with aggravated battery. Bond was denied and Cruz has been held at the Choctaw Detention Facility since his arrest.

Cruz is charged with shooting Nathan Bell, 26, multiple times, Misty Brescia Dreifuss, Director of the Office of Public Information for the Tribe, said.

The Choctaw Police Department and the FBI continue to investigate to determine if this shooting is related to the Aug. 15 murder of Jonas Keith Joe, 37, of Choctaw. Three men were charged with Joe's murder.