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Police identify man killed by officer

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Rapid City Police have identified the man killed Saturday night as Allen Locke, 30, of Rapid City.

Locke was shot and killed by a Rapid City Police officer inside a house at the Lakota Community Homes. At this time, police believe he was shot up to five times.

Police said Locke had ties to the subdivision, but would not elaborate on what those ties were.

An officer was called to the scene to remove a person from a residence at 541 Paha Sapa Road at about 6:10 p.m. according to a press release from the Rapid City Police Department.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, who was on the scene for the post-shooting investigation, said the officer, Anthony Meirose, fired his gun after Locke charged at the officer with a knife.

Locke was pronounced dead at the scene. Meirose and the occupants of the residence were uninjured.

Meirose joined the Rapid City Police Department in 2013. He is on administrative leave pending an investigation by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Rapid City Police Department asked DCI and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the investigation into the shooting, according to the news release.

Several other occupants were inside the home at the time of the shooting and were being interviewed at the Public Safety Building at about 9 p.m.

The shooting occurred one day after approximately 100 people attended a rally in downtown Rapid City to raise awareness of tension between Native Americans and police.

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