Published October 1, 2015
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — For the second time within the past year, an American Indian man was killed by Rapid City Police while responding to a call of domestic violence on Tuesday evening in Rapid, City, South Dakota.
The victim was Patrick Stephen Lundstrom, 46, of Rapid City, South Dakota. According to police, Lundstrom was American Indian.
At around 8:20 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Rapid City Police were called a duplex apartment in response to report of an assault. On arrival police determined that the incident was a domestic assault involving a male suspect and a female victim. Both were inside the residence when police arrived on scene.
According to a Rapid City Police statement, officers made multiple attempts to make contact with the suspect inside the residence. After the suspect refused to open the door, police made forceful entry into the residence. On entry, the suspect lunged toward one of the officers with a blunt object raised over his head. The officer fired his duty weapon at the suspect.
A medical unit was called into the residence. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene. No officers or bystanders were hurt in the incident.
The investigation into the shooting has been turned over to the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation.
Per department policy, the officer has been placed on administrative leave.
On the evening of December 20, 2015, Allen Locke, Lakota, was killed by Rapid City Police officer Anthony Meirose when he reportedly charged Meirose with a knife. Meirose’s shooting of Locke was deemed justified by the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation.