Five Rapid City homicides in one month

In just one month, Rapid City has seen more homicides than what some city yearly statistics show.
Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 7:32 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - The month of August is not over but Rapid City police have already dealt with five homicides.

It’s a trend police are calling abnormal.

In the 26 years Captain John Olson has worked with the police department, he said he has never seen five homicides in one month.

This month's homicide numbers are already surpassing Rapid City's annual totals for some years.

RCPD homicide statistics from 2012-2019
RCPD homicide statistics from 2012-2019(RCPD)

Olson said it’s a tragic fluke but he said some of the cases are drug-related, a foreseeable trend when drug issues are on the rise in the community.

Despite this uptick, he said people do not need to be afraid.

”These are not random acts of violence against somebody in a park or at a house or whatever else,” Olson said. “All these people are acquainted with each other, know each other. There’s some kind of a motive or a beef between whatever happened between the individuals. And this is just not some moment where you are going to walk down the street and have to worry about this.”

If you have any tips on any of the homicides, call the police department at 605-394-4131.

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