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Authorities release identity of Rapid City man shot by deputy

A law enforcement officer tapes off the scene after a man was shot by authorities Friday near New Underwood, S.D. Rapid City Journal

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Authorities have released the identity of a man who was shot and killed by a deputy last week after reportedly firing at deputies during a pursuit.

Matthew John Lorenzen, 19, of Rapid City, died at the scene a little after 12:15 p.m. Friday after he was shot by a Pennington County sheriff's deputy, according to a news release from the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.

The name of the deputy who shot Lorenzen has not been released. Helene Duhamel, spokeswoman for the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, said that when Lorenzen reportedly shot at authorities, the deputy became a victim under the terms of Marsy's Law, a package of victims' rights laws adopted by voters in 2016. The deputy may therefore choose to have his name withheld from the public.

Per the policy of the Sheriff's Office, Duhamel said, the deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed Monday morning that the state Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting at the request of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Lorenzen's criminal record in South Dakota shows no prior violent crimes, but he was arrested for drug-related crimes twice in the past couple of years.