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One dead after officer involved shooting in Rapid City

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RCPD gives an update Tuesday afternoon on an officer involved shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police say on officer shot a suspect in a no-contact order violation on the 100 block of East Signal Drive Tuesday morning.

Police say the incident began when police were called and asked to remove two male family members from a home on East Signal Drive. Police Chief Don Hedrick said when officers arrived, a man ran from the home. As police were chasing him, he reportedly ignored commands to stop during a foot chase before pulling the gun and pointing it at an officer. That’s when the officer, after ordering the man to drop the gun, shot him.

Around the same time, another person came out of the home. Police say he had an injury but did not elaborate on what that injury was.

According to police, the suspect had five active warrants and was actively violating the no-contact order.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation says they are investigating the incident. Attorney General Marty Jackley says one person has died, but didn’t say if it was the suspect or the second individual involved.

Attorney General Jackley said DCI is working with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the Spearfish Police Department, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol on the investigation. Attorney General Jackley said the Rapid City Police Department is cooperating in the investigation.

The DCI will process the crime scene, conduct a forensic examination of all collected evidence, interview officers and witnesses, and will review all officer-worn body cameras and video cameras from the area.

After the investigation is complete, the DCI will issue a case report and shooting summation to be reviewed by the Attorney General and the Pennington County State’s Attorney for a final determination on the officer’s action. The release of the summary is anticipated within 30 days.


Rapid City, US
2:35 pm, September 25, 2023
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Sunrise: 6:43 am
Sunset: 6:46 pm
Avery Fogelman

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