A Rapid City man who is charged with seven counts of Aggravated Assault for allegedly shooting at construction workers entered a plea of not guilty yesterday (July 25, 2022).
53-year-old Carl Relf is accused of pointing and firing a handgun at construction workers along State Highway 79 south of Rapid City last month.
…If convicted of the charges, Relf could face up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for each count [Jody Heemstra, “Rapid City Man Charged with Aggravated Assault After Allegedly Firing a Gun at Construction Workers,” DRG News, 2022.07.26].
Pennington County and the press haven’t made clear what motivated the well-regulated militia to fire on road workers. But this proud practitioner of the Second Amendment has had plenty of trouble following other laws:
Journal archives from 2015 show Carl Relf, 53, barricaded himself in a camper when Pennington County Sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest him on multiple warrants for failure to comply, driving under the influence, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.
Relf initially agreed to turn himself in before he barricaded himself in the camper. After negotiations failed, law enforcement fired pepper spray through the camper windows. Relf still refused to exit, so Pennington County Sheriff’s deputies, along with officers from the Rapid City Police Department, broke through the barricade and deployed a K-9 unit.
The week prior to the barricading, police used a taser on Relf after they found him in the driver’s seat of a stolen pickup with numerous beer cans and he refused to obey officer commands [Shalom Bear Gee, “Rapid City Man Had Several Interactions with Law Enforcement Before Monday Shooting,” Rapid City Journal, 2022.06.09].
Once again, the Second Amendment makes South Dakota a more dangerous place, with no countervailing benefit.