UPDATE: Chase leads to officer-involved shooting in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in southeast Rapid City following an early morning pursuit.
According to Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick, officers were attempting to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle just after 4 a.m. near Lacrosse and Waterloo Streets but the vehicle did not stop and “continued at a low speed.” Hedrick says a passenger then jumped out of the vehicle and the car continued to “actively elude officers.” The individual was not apprehended.
The driver is alleged to have thrown something out of the car as the pursuit continued to the area of Cambell Street. Officers attempted a controlled stop on the car using their own vehicle, but the tactic did not work and the car continued toward St. Patrick Street and South Valley Drive before turning into Terra Street. Both the officer’s vehicle and suspect’s vehicles made contact, spinning out the suspect’s vehicle.
Hedrick says the suspect then began to drive in the direction of the officer, leading the officer to fire several shots at the car in response.
The driver, who has only been identified as a 31-year-old female, was struck several times before the car came to a stop. The officer began to render aid to the female while EMS was called. She was transported to Monument Health Rapid City Hospital. According to the Division of Criminal Investigation, she is in “critical condition.”
No other individuals were injured throughout the pursuit or shooting.
Protocol for the Rapid City police department dictates that if an officer is involved in an incident, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office secures the scene before handing off the case to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
Law enforcement will remain on scene as the investigation continues.