A man found with a handgun was seriously injured after being shot with a shotgun Thursday evening in Rapid City, according to a news release from the police department.
The department says it has identified the shooter and arrested him on gun and drugs charges but not on charges directly related to the shooting.
“We’re still trying to determine the circumstances of the shooting itself,” to learn if it was self defense or criminal, spokesman Brendyn Medina said Friday.
Medina said police believe the shooting happened after an argument occurred outside the house and neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots.
What follows is from the news release:
Police responded to reports of gunshots in the area of Willsie Avenue and Adams around 11 p.m. on Thursday. Officers found a man lying in the driveway of a home on the 200 block of Adams Street with a handgun and obvious gunshot wound.
The man was shot at least once in his upper body, Medina said.
Officers weren’t sure where the shooter was so they dragged the man to a safer location to provide him treatment until medics arrived and took him to the hospital for his injuries. They were clearing the area when a man — later identified as Casey Brasgalla — walked outside the home.
Police detained and interviewed Brasgalla and determined he shot the man with a shotgun after the man had fired a handgun outside the home. Officers found a shotgun in the home — which was stolen — as well as a sawed-off shotgun and drugs.
“You can’t saw off the barrel of a shotgun,” Medina said.
Brasgalla, a 39-year-old Rapid City resident, was arrested and charged with possessing a controlled weapon in relation to the sawed-off shotgun. He’s also charged with possessing a stolen weapon, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
The case remains under investigation.
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