Political argument leads to shooting death of Rapid City man

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A political argument led to the shooting death of a Rapid City teen last week, according to court documents.

Jason Sharp, 43, of Rapid City made his first appearance in Pennington County Court Monday morning. Sharp is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 19-year-old Ocean Eberlein of Rapid City.

The incident, which occurred at a mobile home residence at 8980 S. Highway 16, was reported Tuesday, November 24, about 11:36 p.m.

Witnesses on scene says Sharp and Eberlein had been “squabbling” about the results of the presidential election and a physical altercation ensued.

Sharp told law enforcement he remembered getting up from the ground, walking back to his house, and telling Eberlein “the altercation was finished.” He admits to getting his .22 caliber long rifle and “firing two rounds in Ocean’s direction.” Sharp says Ocean was unarmed.

Sharp faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted. He remains in the Pennington County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond and awaits scheduling of his next hearing.

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