RAPID CITY, SD -
He was wielding a large butcher knife and had a Rapid City Police officer on the ground. That's when a fellow officer shot and injured 20-year-old Elijah White Magpie.
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation released a report Thursday that says that officer was justified in the shooting.
The report says that when Officer Jerry Moore arrived on the scene just after 6:00 p.m. on February 21 Magpie started running after Moore's patrol car with a large knife in his hand.
That's when Moore called for backup and Officer Marc Black showed up with a police dog. Officer Black got out of his vehicle and told Magpie to stop, but Magpie continued to come after the officer with the knife in his right hand.
Black fired his taser at Magpie but it didn't phase him. As Magpie continued to charge Officer Black fell to the ground and Magpie stood over him trying to stab him. Black told investigators he feared for his life and th
at's when Officer Moore fired six shots at Magpie injuring him and stopping the assault.
Magpie is now charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault on a police officer.
The report says Magpie did test positive for marijuana and had a small amount of alcohol in his system with a blood alcohol level of 0.003.
Video footage from the patrol cars and the Rapid City Library confirmed the interviews with the officers and witnesses.
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