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Tyndall officer released from hospital after getting injured in hit and run

TYNDALL--A Tyndall police officer who was injured in a hit-and-run incident Saturday afternoon has been released from the hospital. Officer Kelly Young suffered broken ribs, a large cut on one of his legs, an injured ankle and various other cuts ...

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TYNDALL-A Tyndall police officer who was injured in a hit-and-run incident Saturday afternoon has been released from the hospital.

Officer Kelly Young suffered broken ribs, a large cut on one of his legs, an injured ankle and various other cuts and bruises after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of Frank's Trading Post in Tyndall, according to the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office.

Young was released from the hospital late Saturday night.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, Young was talking to the male driver of a white Ram 1500 pickup truck when the man struck Young with the vehicle and fled the scene, according to the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office.

As of 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the vehicle, with Iowa plates DYF593, had not been located. The vehicle is registered to Meat Man Express, of Sioux City, Iowa, and is not listed as a stolen vehicle.

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But Karen Evenson, dispatcher and jailer in Bon Homme County who was on duty at the time of the incident, said the sheriff's office has identified a suspect. Evenson declined to release the suspect's name but said he is a Sioux City native and has an extensive criminal history.

"He's not new to the system by any means," Evenson said. "We are making a lot of headway, and it's just a matter of locating him now."

Officers don't believe the vehicle or suspect is still in the Tyndall area but are investigating all leads. Several tips have been called in with the reporting parties believing to have seen the vehicle in Nebraska.

A veteran dispatcher who has been with the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office for more than 19 years, Evenson said this is the first injured officer incident she has dealt with.

"It was my hardest call yet. When you hear 'Officer down,' your heart drops," Evenson said. "I kept it all together while I was there, but I cried later."

Evenson said the incident has shaken up everyone who works at the "close-knit" Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office.

But she said the outpouring of support they have received through social media, other agencies and from community members has helped them cope.

Young is expected to be out of work while he recovers, but Evenson said she visited Young in the hospital Saturday night and he is in "good spirits."

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"He's a trooper," Evenson said. "He was laughing and giggling-maybe that was the pain meds, but he'll recover, and that's definitely the most important thing."

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the vehicle is encouraged to contact the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office at (605) 589-3942. The public should not approach the driver of the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

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