UPDATE: Police asking for public’s help in shot fired incident
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Sioux Falls police report a suspect pulled up in a stolen truck, asked some men if they were State employees, and then fired a gun into the air when they replied “no.”
Police spokesman Sam Clemens said around 8:15 a.m. in northeast Sioux Falls, men were working next to a vehicle that had a construction license plate. The suspect drove up in a stolen tan pickup truck and asked the workers if they were State employees. After the men said they were not state employees, the suspect pulled a shotgun and fired one shot into the air. No injuries were reported.
At this point, officers believe 27-year-old Elliot Lincoln Jay Bird, was in the stolen tan truck at the time of the shooting. Authorities are not sure whether he was the person who fired the shotgun. An arrest warrant was issued for Elliot Bird for a parole violation.
Clemens said the suspect fled the scene in the stolen car after firing the shotgun, and a blue pickup truck that was parked close to them also fled the scene. Police were able to locate the blue pickup truck, but lost track of it after an attempted traffic stop turned into a pursuit.
The tan truck, a 2002 Ford F-250 with a South Dakota license plate of FF0311, was recently reported stolen. Please call the police if you see the truck or Elliot Bird.
Officers said no shell casing was found at the scene, but depending on the model of the shotgun, the casing may not have been pumped out of the gun.
Clemens said authorities do not know why the suspect asked the question and “there’s a chance he could be a threat to the public.”
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