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Police in western South Dakota use beanbag rounds to subdue weekend shooting suspect


RAPID CITY, South Dakota — The suspect in a weekend shooting in western South Dakota is now in custody after police fired beanbag rounds to subdue him.

The Rapid City Police Department says the 69-year-old male suspect was arrested Wednesday after an altercation with police. Authorities suspect the Sturgis man fired the shot that seriously injured a 29-year-old man near a bar Saturday in Rapid City.

Authorities say law enforcement had been in contact with the suspect throughout the investigation and believe the shooting is the result of an accidental discharge of a firearm.

Police say the suspect agreed to meet with officers on Wednesday in a parking lot, but after a discussion, he exited the vehicle and threated to take his own life with a knife. He reportedly also threated officers.

Officers then fired several non-lethal beanbag rounds and arrested the suspect. Charges against him are pending.

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