Rapid City Officer Kills Suspect Who Pointed Gun During Foot Chase


       A Rapid City police officer shot and killed a suspect during a foot chase around 11:30 Tuesday morning when the man pointed a gun at him and refused to drop it when ordered to. 

     The name of the man and the officer have not been released, nor has that of a second man who received an undisclosed injury in an undisclosed manner.

      Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick says officers had gone to a home in response to a request to remove two male family members, one of whom had 5 active warrants against him and was violating a No Contact order.

       Chief Hedrick says when the officers arrived, a man ran out of the house and ignored orders to stop. A foot chase ensued and when the first officer turned a corner, the man pulled a gun and pointed it at him. 

       The officer ordered the man to drop the gun, but he refused. The officer then fired an undisclosed number of shots at the man, fatally wounding him. About the same time, the man with the undisclosed injury came out of the house. 

     Because it’s an officer-involved shooting, the investigation is being conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

      Attorney General Marty Jackley says DCI agents are working on the case with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Spearfish Police Department, and South Dakota Highway Patrol with the Rapid City Police Department cooperating

     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. 

     When the investigation is complete, the DCI will issue a case report and shooting summation that both Jackley and Pennington County State’s Attorney Laura Retzel will review to determine if any charges will be brought. That’s expected within a month.