SFPD: Shooting At Red Rock Inn Was In Self Defense

We first told you about the shooting near the Red Rock Inn in western Sioux Falls Friday night. The alleged victim was sitting at the nearby McDonald’s, but it’s the man on the receiving end of the shots who is facing charges after police call the shooting self defense.

Police say at around 8:30 p.m. they received several calls regarding a shooting across from the Empire Mall on 41st Street; one was from a 71-year-old Oklahoma man. They say he was sitting in his car with his wife outside the Red Rock Inn when 34-year-old Edward LeBlanc came up to them.

“The drivers door was cracked slightly. While they were in there, what ends up being our suspect came along and started punching the man in the head, telling him to get out and he was trying to take the car,” said Officer Sam Clemens.

Police say the victim had a concealed carry permit and a .38 caliber handgun in his pocket.

Clemens said, “It sounds like he had some experience with firearms and practiced on a regular basis, so I think that probably helped.”

Police say the man pulled out the gun and and fired at LeBlanc twice, hitting him in the arm and the back.

“Once the gun went off, the suspect was hit twice and then he took off running,” Clemens said.

Police found LeBlanc at the nearby McDonald’s. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but that’s not the end of his troubles. He will likely be charged with robbery.

“The victim is not facing any charges, probably will not face any charges,” said Clemens.

The victim told police that he was being hit with something other than just LeBlanc’s fist, that LeBlanc possibly had an object in his hand. Police say they’re not sure what that could have been.

LeBlanc, who is from Bismarck, North Dakota, will be arrested as soon as he is released from the hospital. Police expect that to happen soon.

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