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(SD)-Name Released In Rapid City Death

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/09/2019 09:50 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police have released the name of the man who died Monday night after  trying to assault multiple people and being subdued by officers with pepper spray and a stun gun.

      An autopsy was performed yesterday on 38-year-old Jeremiah Janis of Rapid City, but authorities are waiting for more tests to determine the cause of death.

      Police described Janis as in an "excited delirium," typically is associated with drug use, but police say they don't yet know the cause this time.
 
     The incident began when Janis allegedly tried to fight the occupants of a car, then broke into the rear of the hatchback and climbed in. When the driver stopped, Janis got out and started head-butting a parked SUV, damaging it.

      He then went to a nearby motel, broke a window and entered a room where the occupant hit him several times with a baseball bat.

    When officers responded to the motel, Janis refused to comply with their orders - leading the officers to use pepper-spray and a Taser to subdue him. He was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital because of his injuries from the baseball bat and he died later that night at the hospital.


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