Man Killed by Reservation Officer Was Halfway House Escapee
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The man shot and killed during a struggle with a tribal police officer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation was a federal robbery convict who escaped from a Rapid City halfway house in December.
The Rapid City Journal reports tribal police said in a statement that Raymond Gassman died at the scene on Feb 2.
Police said the officer responded to a vandalism call about 7:45 a.m. that day and was trying to arrest Gassman when Gassman allegedly tackled the officer. Shots were fired, hitting both Gassmann and the officer.
Tribal police did not identify the officer, whose injuries were not life-threatening. The officer underwent surgery at a hospital in Valentine, Nebraska.
The FBI is investigating the incident. The officer is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
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