Police: Suspect Had Illegal Drugs & Alcohol in System Prior to Shooting Brother

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A young man is dead; his brother behind bars, after a shooting in Sioux falls over the weekend. Police say drugs were involved not only found at the scene but may have also fueled the violence.

Sioux Falls police got the call around 3:30 Saturday morning from Avera hospital. A patient had been brought in with multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators say that patient was 24-year-old Brandon Eischens, who died at the ER. They believe his older brother 27-year-old Jeremy Eischens, pulled the trigger.

“There were other witnesses in the apartment and they along with the suspect put the victim into a vehicle and drove him to the emergency room,” says Lieutenant Mike Colwill.

According to police, the incident happened near West 55th Street and South Louise Avenue.

Brandon went to Jeremy’s apartment to give him car keys, so Jeremy could make a drug run to Colorado. Police say at some point, Jeremy got out a handgun and shot Brandon twice in the upper torso.

“The suspect shot the victim twice and was high on illegal narcotics and had consumed alcohol. We believe that it was a reckless use of a deadly weapon, which is why he was charged with manslaughter,” says Lieutenant Colwill.

Police say they are not sure what prompted the shooting, but they believe drugs played a factor.

Police say after searching the apartment, they found several different types of marijuana, 29 thousand dollars in cash, and what they believe to be amphetamine salts and concentrated THC.

Jeremy Eischens now has several serious accusations against him.

“Charged with first and second-degree manslaughter, three counts of possession of controlled substance, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, and keeping a place for use or sale of a controlled substance,” says Lieutenant Colwill.

Police are still searching for the gun used in the shooting. An autopsy of the victim’s body will be done Tuesday in Rapid City.

Police also say back in 2014, Jeremy Eischens was charged with aggravated assault towards his brother Brandon. Today a judge set Eischens’ bond at $500,000 cash-only. Police say this is the 6th homicide the city has had this year.

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