Rapid City man threatens police with samurai sword

Samurai Sword

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On April 8, at around midnight, Rapid City police responded to a report of a suspicious individual who was pounding on the reporting party’s door.

Once police arrived on the scene and located the subject, 28-year-old Trenton Rattler of Rapid City, Rattler emerged from behind a tree and walked toward the officer’s patrol vehicle brandishing a samurai style sword. The officer commanded the man to drop the sword, but Rattler refused.

At one point, Rattler held the sword over his head as if he were about to charge the officer. The officer drew his handgun and continued to issue commands for the man to drop the sword. The man then began to move away from the officer with the sword still in his hand, walking into the 800 block of E. Tallent Street.

Other officers arrived in the area and provided cover with the less-lethal beanbag shotgun. The man continued to ignore commands to drop the sword, and officers deployed several less-lethal beanbag rounds at the suspect. He dropped the sword and officers were able to safely detain the man.

Once he was identified, a medical unit was called to the scene to evaluate Rattler. Following medical evaluation, he was placed in a patrol car. At this point, he made several threats to kill first responders on scene. He also began to bang his head in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.

He was placed in the WRAP safety restraint system before being transported to the Pennington County Jail. Rattler was placed under arrest for aggravated assault on law enforcement, two counts of threatening law enforcement, and two warrants.

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