Charges Filed Against Man Shot By Federal Agent During Pursuit

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man shot by a federal agent during a December pursuit that began on the Pine Ridge Reservation has been charged with assaulting five officers with his car.

34-year old Uriah Lafferty was indicted this week on five counts in connection with the Dec. 19 incident near Hermosa. He was also charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Lafferty is accused of assaulting a U.S. Marshal, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper and three Oglala Sioux officers.

The pursuit began on the reservation when tribal officers tried to stop Lafferty on a federal warrant, apparently for making a false statement while purchasing a gun. He’s already pleaded Not Guilty to that charge.

The FBI did not name Lafferty when they originally confirmed they were investigating the pursuit and shooting, but the details they provided match those in Lafferty’s indictment.

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