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Thursday, May 6, 2010

South Dakota: Deputy murders Lakota youth who reached for cell phone

Native Sun News: Deputy shoots and kills Lakota man, 22
Thursday, May 6, 2010
This story was written by Randall Howell and is copyright Native Sun News.
A 22-year-old Oglala Lakota man has died of wounds after being shot several times at close range by a Pennington County Sheriff´s Department deputy. Christopher J. Capps of Sunnyside Mobile Home Community - a rural county neighborhood off N. Highway 79 (Sturgis Road) about three miles north of Rapid City, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Sunday evening, May 2, according to South Dakota Atty. Gen. Marty J. Jackley.
Capps, who allegedly was reaching into his pocket for his cell phone at the time of the shooting, was pronounced dead at the hospital after the incident, which happened about 7 p.m., according to a press statement released on May 2 by the sheriff´s department.
Pennington County Sheriff Don Holloway said that the deputy, David Olson, would be under administrative leave - a standard practice when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, May 4.
"The cop murdered my son," said Jerry Capps, the young man´s father. "He (Christopher) was one of the best people you´d ever meet in your life. The world will be a worse place without that kid."
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