Police: Teen hospitalized in officer-involved shooting; man found dead in unrelated case overnight

Published: Dec. 25, 2020 at 8:56 AM MST
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Rapid City Police responded to two major, unrelated crimes that occurred over the Christmas holiday.

Black Hills Fox News gathered the following statement from Police Chief Don Hedrick at the scene:

Officers first investigated reports of gunshots in the 1000 block of Silverleaf Ave at roughly 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Police found a man, after determined to be 31 years of age, who had been shot in the street upon arrival. First responders performed life-saving measures on the victim; he was then taken to Monument Health where he was pronounced deceased.

The circumstances behind his death are still in the early stages of investigation. The identity of the man is being withheld by authorities pending notification of next-of-kin.

Then, at 3:45 a.m. on Christmas Day, an officer was performing a traffic stop on a white sedan at the intersection of Milwaukee and Jackson Streets when one of the occupants pulled over and fled the scene.

A second passenger, later revealed to be a 15-yer-old boy, exited the car armed with a shotgun. The officer fired at the teen after multiple warnings to put their weapon down, hitting him and causing him to fall and drop his weapon.

The officer quickly conducted life-saving measures on the teenager. He were later transported to Monument Health for treatment and their condition is currently unknown. The involved officer was not harmed.

Chief Hedrick said the suspect who fled the scene is not considered a danger to the public: “we don’t believe, at this point, that there was any intent for that person to cause harm. We think they were just trying to get away from us.”

Investigators are interviewing five other subjects that were in the vehicle. The Department of Criminal Investigations is conducting the rest of the investigation per law enforcement protocol for officer-involved shootings.

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