Rapid City police officer shoots suspect during armed struggle



    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man who fired at officers during an early morning traffic stop was shot and killed.
 
     Authorities say Officer Jerrell Lewellen stopped an all-terrain vehicle early Thursday, and 35-year-old Harold Murphy tried to flee on foot. A second officer tackled Murphy. Police say Murphy began firing a handgun as the two struggled, and Lewellen shot Murphy at least once to stop the struggle.
 
     Murphy died at the scene. No officers were injured.
 
     Police say Murphy has a violent criminal history and had an active warrant for failing to comply with a sentence 
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says the state Division of Criminal Investigation will look into the shooting and issue a report within about 30 days. That's standard procedure when a police officer is involved in a shooting.

     
 AP-WF-06-05-14 1624GMT

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Locations : Rapid CitySouth Dakota
People : Harold MurphyJerrell LewellenMarty Jackley
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