Rapid City man pleads 'not guilty' to assaulting 5 law enforcement officers


RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) - A Rapid City man who was shot by a federal agent during a December pursuit has pleaded not guilty to assaulting five officers with his car.

Uriah Lafferty, 34, reportedly assaulted three Oglala Sioux Tribe police officers, a deputy U.S. marshal and a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper in December 2019. Prosecutors claim Lafferty tried to run the officers over with his vehicle near Hermosa when they tried to arrest him on a federal warrant.

Lafferty was earlier accused of conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine between August 2014 and December 2019.

If convicted, Lafferty faces up to 40 years in prison. He is currently in custody.