RCPD officer justified in fatally shooting apartment gunman
PIERRE, S.D. — Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced Wednesday that the Rapid City police officer who fatally shot an armed man was justified in his actions.
On Dec. 29, 2019 shortly after 5 p.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired from an apartment at the intersection of Odde Drive and East Minnesota Street. Upon entry into the second floor apartment hallway, officer encountered the gunman, who fired at them multiple times with and older, military style rifle. Officer Garrett Mastin, a three-year veteran of the RCPD, shot the gunman four times.
Police began performing lifesaving measures on the shooter, and victim of the shooter, who were both declared dead on the scene.
The victim has been identified as 64-year-old David Ironhorse of Rapid City. The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Patrick Alden of Rapid City.
Following standard protocol, Officer Mastin was placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting was conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
Upon conclusion of the investigation, the Attorney General said that Officer Mastin was justified in firing his weapon and using lethal force.
“I would like to thank the Rapid City Police Department for their service and complete cooperation in this investigation,” said Ravnsborg.