DCI investigating Rapid City officer-involved shooting

A Rapid City police officer shot and killed a person during a foot chase Thursday night
Officer-involved shooting.
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 8:06 AM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - The South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation is looking into the officer-involved shooting Thursday night in Rapid City. A person was shot and killed by a Rapid City police officer around 10 p.m. Thursday when they reportedly pulled a gun during a foot pursuit.

The name of the person killed and the officers involved in the shooting has not been released at this time.

According to Rapid City Police Department Chief Don Hedrick, officers were in the area of Surfwood Drive and Maple Street when they encountered a person who took off running from them. One of officers, Hedrick said, gave chase.

“A struggle of some sort ensued and the officer attempted to use the Taser,” Hedrick explained. “At that point, the individual he was chasing pointed a firearm at the police officer. The police officer fired upon the individual who pointed the gun at him and struck the individual … That individual … is deceased.”

Following the officer-involved shooting, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputies relieve RCPD officers at the scene, which has been secured.

“Per normal protocol, the Division of Criminal Investigation has been called to review this incident,” Hedrick said.

According to a release from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol assisted at the scene. Jackley said the Rapid City Police Department is cooperating in the investigation.

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. After the investigation is complete, the DCI will issue a case report and shooting summation to be reviewed by the Attorney General for a final determination on the officer’s action. The release of the summary is anticipated within 30 days.