We have an update on a crime scene on West 41st Street in Sioux Falls last week.
Traffic near McDonald’s, across from the Empire Mall, was temporarily slowed down after a reported shooting in the area.
It all started with an elderly couple sitting in their car at the Red Rock Inn.
“The driver’s door was cracked slightly. While they were in there, what ends up being our suspect came along and pulled open the door and started punching the man in the head. Telling him to get out. He was trying to take the car,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer, Sam Clemens.
What the suspect didn’t know was the 71-year-old man he was hitting over the head was carrying a concealed weapon. The Oklahoma man sitting with his wife took a 38 caliber handgun out of his pocket and shot the suspect twice.
“There’s some type of reciprocity so if you’re issued a concealed weapons permit in another state, as long as there’s that agreement between the states, then you’re allowed to carry concealed in a different state,” said Clemens.
The carjacking suspect, 34-year-old Edward Leblanc of Bismarck, was found near McDonald’s on West 41st Street. He will most likely face charges of robbery and simple assault, once he’s released from the hospital.
Police say the victim will walk away with nothing more than a few scrapes and bruises.
“In this case it certainly worked out well for the victim. He was able to defend himself and his property. He wasn’t trying to chase after the guy or do anything other than just try to stop that beating from happening,” said Clemens.
Clemens says the crime was random, and the suspect did not know the victim or his wife.
Leblanc should be released from the hospital in the next day or two, and then will be arrested.