Rapid City Police officer involved in deadly shooting
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A man is dead after a violent confrontation with a Rapid City Police officer.
According to RCPD Chief Don Hedrick, the officer let himself into the building using a key code and was immediately confronted by a knife-wielding man sprinting at him. The man got close enough to the officer that Chief Hedrick described it as hand-to-hand combat. The officer initially was not sure whether he had been stabbed. He drew his weapon and fired, after which the suspect fell down.
RCPD says the officer immediately began treating the suspect’s wound until medical personnel arrived. The man was transported to Monument Health Rapid City Hospital, where he was later declared dead.
Medical personnel checked the officer and determined that he was not injured, for which Chief Hedrick said he is “very grateful.”
Nobody besides the suspect was hurt in the incident.
Some witnesses told investigators they had seen the suspect stabbing himself before the responding officer arrived.
The deceased man’s name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
As with all officer-involved shootings in South Dakota, the investigation will be handled by the state Division of Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Kevin Thom said they’ve reviewed the responding officer’s bodycam video. He called it “chilling” how quickly the incident happened.
The DCI will turn the results of its investigation over to the state Attorney General’s office, which will determine whether or not the shooting was justified.