FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Law enforcers and local fire crews were called to a location in Fort Pierre this morning where they were told someone had been thrown over the walking bridge that crosses the Bad River. Stanley County Sheriff Brad Rathbun says law enforcers were contacted around 5:00 a.m. this morning to the bridge that crosses the Bad River between Fischer’s Lilly Park and the Fort Pierre Boat Ramp where a man said he threw someone in the water. Rathbun says the person told authorities that he had been walking on the bridge when he met someone in the middle of the structure, the two fought and he tossed the other person over the side of the bridge into the river. Officials contacted the Pierre Rescue and Dive Squad and the Fort Pierre Fire Department for assistance in looking in the river. Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says the rescue squad deployed a boat and rescue and dive squad members checked the water. The Fort Pierre Fire Department also brought units to help light up the scene where the search was being conducted. Crews looked about an hour to ensure that no one was in the river. In the meantime, Rathbun says deputies continued to interview the man and eventually the man recanted his story. 27-year-old Louis Reddest of Fort Pierre was taken to jail on a charge of False Reporting.
Other agencies at the scene this morning included the Pierre Police Department and American Medical Response.
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