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Rapid City library uses extra security

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The Rapid City Downtown Public Library continues to serve its patrons following a Thursday night incident that eventually led to an officer–related shooting not too far away.

Rapid City Police say 20–year–old Elijah White Magpie threw rocks through the front windows and was seen carrying a large butcher's knife.  Magpie was shot by officer Jerry Moore on Quincy Street about a block away from the library.

The library has stationed a security guard in the building since the incident and will continue to do so until the next Board of Trustees meeting on March 11.

Library officials say other than the security guard, their services have not changed.

"The majority of the people who come in the library appropriately use the library and its services and our focus is really providing library service to those folks and that has been the focus since the incident occurred," said Assistant Library Director Terri Davis.

Most patrons say the event won't change how often they visit the library.

"Not really, it's kind of something that happens in different parts of the town all the time.  I don't see myself coming here anymore or any less," said Alex Rosado of Rapid City.

The library board will discuss long–term security goals at the March 11 meeting, which is set for noon in the library.

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