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Sioux Falls police arrest three Wednesday after officer-involved shooting results in no injuries

Two were taken into custody who were related to the incident that led to the shooting, and a third unrelated subject was arrested after entering the crime scene.

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SIOUX FALLS — No injuries were reported in an officer-involved shooting in Sioux Falls on Wednesday evening after an officer fired at a fleeing suspect who allegedly wielded a gun.

Shortly before 7 p.m., police in Sioux Falls responded to an area near the intersection near 41st Street and Carolyn Avenue, north of the Empire Mall, after spotting a twice-occupied vehicle that was registered as stolen in Minnehaha County.

While attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver, later identified as 31-year-old Asa Wooden Knife, of Sioux Falls, fled on foot. While fleeing, police say he wielded a knife before producing a gun.

"From the threat, the officer discharged his firearm. The suspect was not hit," said Nick Cook, assistant police chief of the Sioux Falls Police Department. "He continued to flee on to 41st Street."

Cook said a struggle ensued as officers worked to take Wooden Knife into custody, but he was eventually subdued.

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As part of their response, officers with the Sioux Falls Police Department and the South Dakota Highway Patrol temporarily blocked traffic on a portion of 41st Street as well as Interstate 29, according to the Argus Leader.

"Due to the circumstances of a firearm being discharged by one of our officers, we turned the investigation over to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation," Cook said.

Wooden Knife was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by former violent offender and possession of a stolen vehicle. He will also be held accountable for "several" local warrants.

A passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old Erika Bruguier, of Sioux Falls, did not flee the scene and was also arrested for absconding parole.

In response to questions from local media at Thursday's daily briefing, Cook said investigators found no damage to vehicles or buildings in regard to the shooting, but added that the officer was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy.

As police from multiple agencies worked to secure the scene, Sam Clemens, public information officer for the Sioux Falls Police Department, said a third subject, unrelated to the stolen vehicle and the shooting, was also arrested after entering the crime scene.

"After the officer-involved shooting took place, and there was a heavy police presence working scene, a car drove through the police tape from a business parking lot," Clemens said. "A lot of police officers were yelling at him to stop, and he ended up stopping just about right in the middle of the crime scene."

According to Clemens, the driver, 39-year-old Joshua Rome, of Sioux Falls, was driving at a high rate of speed through a parking lot before driving through crime scene tape.

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"Turns out that guy had quite a few warrants from Iowa and was intoxicated so he was arrested for DWI and those warrants," Clemens said.

Rome was also charged with littering, reckless driving and no insurance.

"The crime tape is up, there were barriers that were up in different areas, we had police cars in that are blocking roads, and all that's designed to keep people back and let the officers have time in a safe environment to be able to process the scene," Clemens said. "Having people come into that area, I don't think it did in this case, but there's always a chance that it could affect the crime scene."

Wooden Knife and Rome are both set to appear in court Thursday afternoon for an initial appearance. Wooden Knife faces up to 57 years in prison and fines of up to $114,000, while Rome faces up to four years and two months in prison plus fines of up to $7,000.

Brugeir's charges have not yet been filed with the Unified Judicial System.

Wednesday's shooting marks the fifth officer-involved shooting in the state, and the second in Sioux Falls, this year.

Three of those shootings, all of which were deemed justified by the state's Attorney General's Office, have taken place in rural Hanson County, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

According to the website for the Office of the Attorney General, all 53 officer-involved shooting investigations in South Dakota have been deemed justified — though a May shooting in Rapid City is still under investigation.

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Dunteman covers general and breaking news as well as crime in the Mitchell Republic's 17-county coverage area. He grew up in Harrisburg, and has lived in South Dakota for over 20 years. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 after earning his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He can be reached at HDunteman@MitchellRepublic.com, or on Twitter @HRDunt.
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