Tri-Valley Student Accused Of Having Guns In Pickup Makes Court Appearance


A KELOLAND student is facing serious charges after authorities say they found guns in a truck he drove to school. 

The investigation started on Tuesday at the Tri-Valley School district on an unrelated matter.

A 17-year-old allegedly posted a photo of a gun with a threatening caption on Snapchat. 

During the investigation, deputies found out the 17-year-old got a ride from 18-year-old Nathan Ewer. 

When deputies interviewed Ewer, he allegedly admitted there was a gun in his vehicle but wouldn’t let authorities search it. 

On Tuesday, deputies found a pickup registered to Ewer’s mother in the Tri-Valley School parking lot.

“When we were made aware of that situation that vehicle was immediately taken from school district property and brought to our evidence here where the search warrant was conducted,” Sgt. Josh Phillips with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said. 

According to court papers, that search revealed four guns, one with the serial number scratched out, 18 knives, ammunition, prescription pills and marijuana residue, baggies, a scale, two IDs that weren’t Ewer’s, and more.

In a Facebook post, school officials reiterated deputies do not believe there was a threat to the district. 

Authorities also say the Snapchat post, which started the whole investigation, was not credible. 

A judge set Ewer’s bond at $2,500 cash. 


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