Shooting

Rapid City police say the two suspects in the death of Clinton Farlee, 20, have been found. Farlee was shot Wednesday afternoon in the 600 block of East Boulevard North. 

Tiffany Tan, Journal staff

The two people accused in the fatal shooting of a Rapid City man on Wednesday have been caught, according to authorities.

Rapid City residents Maricelo Garcia, 21, and Cierra Walks, 19, were found just after 4 p.m. Friday on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, according to a news release from the Rapid City Police Department.

Police say deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service found Garcia and Walks "hiding in the rugged terrain" southeast of Porcupine, a town of about 1,000 people about 83 miles south of Rapid City.

Brendyn Medina, spokesman for the RCPD, said everyone at the police department and Pennington County Sheriff's Office is "happy to have our suspects in custody as we start the long weekend," referencing the statewide Native Americans' Day holiday on Monday. 

On Wednesday, 20-year-old Clinton Farlee was shot at his home in the 600 block of East Boulevard North around 2 p.m., according to Rapid City police. He was hit by a bullet in the chest and died that evening after being taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital. 

According to police reports filed at the Pennington County Courthouse, the shooting was preceded by an argument between Farlee and his girlfriend and the two defendants. Authorities issued arrest warrants for Garcia and Walks on Thursday, describing the pair as potentially armed and dangerous.

Garcia is charged with first-degree murder, a killing involving premeditation, according to the criminal complaint against Garcia obtained from the courthouse. The crime is classified under the most serious felony category in the state.

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Walks is charged with being an accessory to a crime by allegedly helping Garcia evade authorities, her criminal complaint states. The offense carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

The FBI, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Black Hills Fugitive Task Force and Department of Homeland Security also helped locate the suspects.

“This case should serve as a clear example of the high level of interagency cooperation we employ in South Dakota,” Capt. John Olson, commander of the RCPD Criminal Investigation Division, said in the release. “And for anyone who chooses to flee from justice, know that we will not stop until you are found.”

Contact Candy DenOuden at candy.denouden@rapidcityjournal.com

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