Man shot by trooper at Exit 55 makes first court appearance - KOTA Territory News

Man shot by trooper at Exit 55 makes first court appearance

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2013 12:58 PM

(Wednesday 1:00)

Wednesday morning, William Chandler, 27, heard the slew of charges he faces during his initial appearance in court.

According to the state, Chandler led law enforcement on a three county pursuit, which began in Lawrence County and ended in Pennington County at Butler Machinery off of Deadwood Avenue.

Prosecutors say once the pursuit ended Chandler was put in handcuffs and placed in the back of a squad car.  He was able to slip out of the cuffs, get in the front seat and drive the car toward law enforcement.  Prosecutors say that's when trooper Mike Bach began shooting at Chandler, and ultimately stopped him from going anywhere.

Chandler is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, escape, grand theft and aggravated eluding.  His bond is set at $250,000.

(Tuesday 9:00)

Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, is investigating the officer involved shooting that happened Monday.

The suspect, William Chandler, 27, Rapid City, has been admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound. A second person, Joseph Paul Andrews, 23, Rapid City, who was also in the vehicle, was arrested on a probation violation warrant.

South Dakota Highway Patrol attempted to make a vehicle stop that resulted in a pursuit that ended near exit 55 on Interstate 90. The incident escalated and resulted in Trooper Mike Bock shooting the suspect.

At the completion of the investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation will issue a case report and shooting summation to be reviewed by the Attorney General for a final determination on the officers' action.

The release of the summary report is anticipated within 30 days.


A Highway Patrol pursuit ends with one man shot and the other man taken into custody. The incident took place near Deadwood Ave. The car crashed in a ditch near Exit 55 on I–90.

One person was taken into custody and the other fled to Butler Machinery. This was where the suspect was shot by a Highway Patrol Officer.

Pennington County Sheriff's Department and Highway Patrol got the scene under control and public safety is no longer a concern.

"I can't tell you what the reason for the pursuit was initially. I don't know that at this point. Again, two individuals in the vehicle, one taken into custody at the vehicle and one fled on foot up here where the shooting occurred," said Kevin Thom, Pennington County Sheriff.

The Division of Criminal Investigation will now take the lead on the case.

(Original Story)

One man was sent to the hospital, another is in custody after a high speed police chase on I-90 Monday afternoon.

The details of the chase are unclear, but it ended in the parking lot Butler Machine which is located at I-90 and Deadwood Avenue (Exit 55.)  A suspect who was being chased by police was shot when he tried to flee from the vehicle in the parking lot.

His condition is unknown.

A second suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

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