Gunman Who Killed 1 Person Fatally Shot by Law Enforcement

South Dakota News December 30, 2019

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Gunman Who Killed 1 Person Fatally Shot by Law Enforcement

RAPID CITY, SD. (AP) — A man who killed a person in a Rapid City apartment has been shot and killed by law enforcement after opening fire on officers, according to sheriff’s officials.

Officers were called to the apartment building about 5 p.m. Sunday on a report of shots fired, Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom said.

When officers arrived a man on the second floor of the building began shooting at them, striking one of their vehicles.

“It was very dynamic, very chaotic as it unfolded,” the sheriff said at a news conference.

Don Hedrick, assistant chief of the Rapid City police, said some residents in the building were told to evacuate and others to shelter in place.

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene, Hedrick said.

Thom said officers entered the building and fatally shot the man, then found the victim in a second-floor apartment. Officials haven’t said how many officers fired their weapons.

The victim or gunman have not yet been identified. Police believe the man lived in the apartment building, according to the Rapid City Journal.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation will handle the case because the incident involved law enforcement fatally shooting someone, Thom said.

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