Agencies investigating Wakpala shooting


An incident in Wakpala on Tuesday, Dec. 27, has a group of law enforcement agencies working together on the investigation.

According to Mobridge Police Chief Mike Nehls, law enforcement officials were informed that shots had been fired on a street in Wakpala.

The first officer to investigate the incident found no evidence of a shooting, but followup showed shots had been fired into a home.

“Law enforcement became aware that it was a house that had been shot up,” said Nehls. “We became aware that there may be a connection with this and other cases that are currently being investigated.”

The BIA, FBI, Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, Corson County Sheriff’s Department, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Mobridge Police Department are currently working together on the investigation.

“Because of the severity of the event that took place in Wakpala, these agencies are working together to solve this,” said Nehls. “The shooting incident has been turned over to the FBI.”

Nehls said there were people present at the home when the shooting occurred, but no one was injured.

Because of the nature of the investigation no other information is being released at this time.

– Katie Zerr –

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