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Mother Breathing Easy After Shootout Close Call

August 4, 2011, 6:05 PM by Austin Hoffman

Mother Breathing Easy After Shootout Close Call
RAPID CITY, SD - KELOLAND is learning more about the criminal past of the man who shot and killed Rapid City Police Officer James McCandless.

22-year old Daniel Tiger spent time in the State penitentiary for assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Since 2007 he's been in court over a dozen times for multiple charges including assault and theft.

Tiger died Wednesday from wounds he received during Tuesday's gun fight with police.

Police are still trying to figure out how many bullets were fired during the shoot out. One bullet came too close for one family.

Karen Gilson's daughter usually plays school at the family's dining room table. She had a feeling to move the game to another room, and she's glad she did.

Gilson lives about a block and a half from where the shoot out took place. She was sitting at her computer when she heard a crack and a pop from outside. Going outside she saw a man sitting on the ground in front of the church, that’s when she went she thought a bullet hit her family's home.

"We came in and looked at the dining room window and we could see the path for a bullet and then laying over next to the window was a bullet," Gilson said.

She says the bullet came in through the window, went through a chair, bounced off the table then another chair, and ended up sitting close to where it all started. There's much more to this story, this chair is where her daughter usually sits and colors. On a usual Tuesday afternoon her daughter and her cousins are almost always playing around the dining room table. Fortunately, Gilson says a higher power kept them safe.

"When I asked her about it she said a little voice told me to stay in my room,” Gilson said. “And I'll be forever eternally grateful for that little voice because angles were obviously protecting those three girls."

Her husband was one of the first people to make it to the scene. She says his memory is stuck on the amount of blood coving the ground.

"What if all that blood had been from our child, and it so easily could have been," Gilson said.

Gilson says the one thing she's having a hard time understanding is why her family was protected, when others weren't.

"I have to admit I feel a little guilty that we were protected and the officers weren't, and that’s something I've been dealing with today, was, you know, why is my family ok and there's aren't"

Gilson says this has always been a safe neighborhood, and wont move because of what happened.

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