State agents investigate fatal shooting by deputy


The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation has launched its review of a fatal shooting by a sheriff’s deputy in New Underwood.

The state attorney general’s office on Monday identified the man shot as 19-year-old Matthew Lorenzen, of Rapid City. A Pennington County deputy shot Lorenzen Friday following a chase that ended when he crashed his vehicle near the interstate exit for New Underwood.

Chief Deputy Willy Whelchel says the suspect got out of the vehicle with a weapon after it landed upside down. 

The deputy then shot the suspect, who died at the scene.

Whelchel says no law enforcement officers were struck by the man’s bullets, which he allegedly fired during the chase. Authorities say the pursuit started in Rapid City after an attempted traffic stop.


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