Authorities arrest officer-involved shooting suspect

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10:30 a.m. 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — It will be awhile before the man shot by a Minnehaha county deputy makes his first court appearance. 

On Thursday night, the DCI arrested George Rinzy Junior for felony assault on law enforcement.  Authorities said a deputy sheriff would guard his hospital room until he got out. 

At 5:30 a.m. Friday, we received an alert that Rinzy was in custody at the Minnehaha County Jail. The jail’s website also listed him as an inmate and said he was booked at 5:20 a.m. 

We did some checking. It turns out, despite those updates, Rinzy is still in the hospital.  
Authorities tell us they changed his status for tracking purposes.

6:44 a.m. 

The man connected to a deputy involved shooting near the Minnehaha County Jail earlier this week has been  booked into jail Friday morning. 

George Rinzy Junior faces multiple charges, after authorities say he charged at them with knives. This caused a deputy to shoot him outside of the Minnehaha County Jail on Tuesday. 

We’re also finding out more about that man’s lengthy criminal history — and it’s not just in South Dakota. Rinzy’s criminal record shows multiple drug offenses, including meth possession. He’s also a registered sex offender for a crime he committed in the early nineties. 

Rinzy is being held on a more than $500,000 bond.

6:27 p.m.

Court papers explain what led up to a deputy shooting a man near the Minnehaha County Jail. We’re also finding out more about that man’s lengthy criminal history, and it’s not just in South Dakota. Investigators claim Rinzy had not one, but two knives when he charged at a Minnehaha County Sheriff’s employee Tuesday afternoon.

44-year-old Rinzy is accused of banging a glass liquor bottle against the entrance of the jail lobby, breaking a window. Deputies later confronted him. Some of them were unarmed. The affidavit says Rinzy threw a glass bottle at one deputy and charged at another one with a knife in both hands. They told him to drop the weapons, he charged again and a deputy shot him. 

Court papers still don’t explain why Rinzy was allegedly acting out. However, his record shows multiple charges of drug possession dating back to 1996. Some of those charges were for meth. He’s also been in trouble for probation violations, failing to show up in court, and running away from police. That’s all in South Dakota. 

He used to live in Woodbury County, Iowa, and that’s where he was charged with assault, with the intent to commit sexual abuse in 1993. That landed him on the sex offender registry. He also has several criminal cases in Iowa in the 1990s into the early 2000s. Charges there ranged from driving without a license to escape and failing to register as a sex offender.

As for Tuesday’s incident, authorities arrested Rinzy on Thursday. He faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, intentional damage to property and disorderly conduct.

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