SD Attorney General: RCPD shooting justified
PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Division of Criminal Investigation have released the summary into the shooting of Anthony Angel, 30, that took place in Rapid City on May 13, 2020.
The incident occurred at approximately 6:14 pm on May 13, when RCPD officers, working on information received regarding illegal drug activity, stopped a vehicle which was under surveillance for a headlight violation. Angel, a passenger in the vehicle, refused to identify himself to law enforcement.
Outside of the vehicle Angel backed away from officers and produced a handgun which he aimed at law enforcement. The situation escalated and shots were exchanged which resulted in Angel being fatally hit.
Officers rendered first aid, but he succumbed to his injuries the following day at Monument Hospital in Rapid City.
“As Attorney General it is my conclusion that the use of lethal force and discharge of a duty weapon by the Rapid City Police Officer was justified,” said Ravnsborg. “I would like to thank the Rapid City Police Department for their service and complete cooperation in this investigation.”
The Division of Criminal Investigation assisted by the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Meade County Sheriff’s Office, the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET), and the South Dakota Highway Patrol, investigated the incident at the request of the Rapid City Police Department.