Man killed in shootout with Rapid City police had COVID-19


RAPID CITY (AP) – A Rapid City man who died in a shootout with police last week was positive for COVID-19, South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said Monday.

In a statement, Ravnsborg said that the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Rapid City Police Department confirmed that 30-year-old Anthony Angel was positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. Ravnsborg said all police officers and DCI agents who were potentially exposed came back negative.

A Rapid City police officer shot Angel on Wednesday night after a routine traffic stop escalated into a shootout. Angel died the next day. The officer who fired has not been identified and was placed on administrative leave. No officers were hurt.

Ravnsborg spokesman Tim Bormann said Monday he did not know if Angel was aware of his COVID-19 infection before the shootout. Bormann said he could not comment on the ongoing investigation.

The DCI is investigating and is expected to issue a report by mid-June. Ravnsborg will determine whether the shooting was justified or not.

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