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SD trooper shoots 1 of 2 suspects in Rapid City vehicle chase

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RAPID CITY (AP) — Law enforcement authorities were investigating after a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper shot and wounded a Rapid City man following a chase that ended on the city's west side.

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Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom declined to provide details about what sparked the chase, but he said it began Monday afternoon in Meade County and finished when the suspects' vehicle crashed into a ditch near Interstate 90 and Deadwood Avenue, The Rapid City Journal reported.

Law officers arrested one of the two men in the vehicle immediately. The other man ran away and was chased down by a trooper in the parking lot of the nearby Butler Machinery dealership.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said the incident escalated and trooper Mike Bock shot William Chandler, 27, of Rapid City. He said Chandler has been admitted to a hospital for a gunshot wound.

The other man, Joseph Paul Andrews, 23, of Rapid City, was arrested on a probation violation warrant, Jackley said.

Authorities have not released the extent of Chandler's injuries. Thom said he was unable to speak about the reason for the pursuit.

"The only rounds fired were fired by law enforcement and that was the trooper that fired," Thom told KELO TV.

The attorney general said the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating to determine whether the shooting was justified. A report is expected to be released within 30 days, he said.

Sgt. Doug Quarve of the Sturgis Police Department said the pursuit started west of Sturgis and passed through that city.

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