Political Dispute Apparent Trigger For Fatal RC Shooting

Court documents show a political argument led to last week’s shooting death of a Rapid City teen at a Rapid City RV park.

      According to the documents, witnesses said 43-year old Jason Sharp and 19-year-old Ocean Eberlein, both of Rapid City, were “squabbling” over the results of the presidential election when the argument grew into a physical altercation.

      Sharp, who strongly supported President Trump, told investigators he remembered getting up from the ground and walking to his residence while telling Eberlein it was over, but instead getting a rifle and firing 2 rounds in the direction of the unarmed teen.

       Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a pair of calls just before midnight last Tuesday night – one reporting hearing gunshots and the other hearing a woman scream “You shot my son.”

        Eberlein was unconscious with a gunshot wound when deputies arrived, and when one of them asked several nearby individuals who’d shot the teen, Sharp said he did. Eberlein was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital

         Sharp made his first appearance in Pennington County Court Monday morning on charges of 2nd-degree murder and felony use of a firearm. His bond was set at $100,000 cash-only, but no date was set for his next court hearing.