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Attorney General Jason R. Ravnsborg

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Attorney General's Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Pennington County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, December 3, 2018

CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215




PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred Friday, November 30, 2018, at approximately 12:17 p.m. (MDT). 


The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop near South Highway 79 and Old Folsom Road in Rapid City, which resulted in a vehicle pursuit through areas of Box Elder and Rapid City. The incident continued to escalate resulted in a Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputy firing a duty weapon at the subject.  


The male subject identified as Matthew John Lorenzen, 19, Rapid City, died at the scene.


At the completion of the investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation will issue a case report and shooting summation to be reviewed by the Attorney General for a final determination on the officer’s action. The release of the summary is anticipated within 30 days.