ROSEBUD, S.D. — A man died Sunday evening in Rosebud after a police pursuit culminated in officers shooting at a vehicle that rammed them before the vehicle crashed down a cliff, according to a press release from Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.
The man had not being identified by law enforcement until his family is notified. It's not clear exactly how the man died.
It's unclear if the man was shot, and, if so, if he died from the shooting or the impact of the crash, tribal Police Chief Marlin Enno said. Tribal officers were involved in a "shooting that resulted in a death" about 6 p.m. Jan. 27 said Kevin Smith, spokesman for the FBI Minneapolis Division, in an email.
None of the officers were injured, Smith said.
"It's an unfortunate situation," Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux said of the incident, noting that many people know those involved since it's a small reservation. "The families on both sides are hurt, which is understandable. We're just praying for the victim."
The incident began when someone reported an intoxicated man who was breaking windows and trying to hurt his family in St. Francis, the press release says.
A tribal officer tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle in Rosebud, according to the release, but a pursuit ensued. Offers were able to block the vehicle, but driver then rammed into one of the police cars. The officers fired at the suspect vehicle, which traveled over a cliff and rolled to the bottom. The man died at the scene.