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Deputy fatally shoots armed man outside Rapid Valley home

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RAPID VALLEY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a Rapid Valley man who allegedly raised a gun toward deputies and civilians.

The incident happened Friday afternoon in the driveway of a residence in the Rapid City suburb.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom tells the Rapid City Journal it appears the man was suicidal and “ intentionally provoked the confrontation with law enforcement to engage in the shooting.”

The incident began with a 911 call about an unwanted subject at a Rapid Valley home. The caller said a relative was intoxicated and physically and verbally fighting with family members.

The man then went back to his own home, where deputies found him the driveway holding a long gun.

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