PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A group made up of representatives from various entities has been meeting to lay out ways to help local citizens or students who need someone to talk to-since a Tuesday night shooting in Pierre. A 16-year-old Pierre boy-Dalton Williams of Pierre-died after the shooting and another 16-year-old was taken into custody and has been charged with First Degree Murder.
Pierre Police Chief Bob Grandpre says a local Crisis Response Team has already met twice and plans another meeting later today. The team is made up of representatives from the Pierre/Fort Pierre Ministerial Association, St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, local mental health professionals, school officials and officials with the Hughes County Sheriff’s Department and Pierre Police Department. Grandpre says the purpose of the group is to ensure that mental health concerns that arise as part of the shooting and the death of the local teen are being addressed.
Grandpre says the team serves an important purpose. He says anyone that would like to talk to someone about the shooting has a number of options.
Grandpre, who placed a personal note on the Pierre Police Department Facebook page yesterday, says he did so for a few different reasons.
Court records made public yesterday offer a look into what a third teen-a 16-year-old youth-says he saw before, during and after the shooting. The Affidavit of Probable Cause for Warrantless Arrest can be viewed by clicking here. Officials expect that the teen charged in the shooting, Braiden K. McCahren, will be in court around four o’clock this afternoon. He is set to appear at the Hughes County Courthouse before Judge John Brown.
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