Sunday morning conflict leads to shots fired and a man hit by a truck in southwest Sioux Falls

Police say noone was hit by the gunfire but a man was arrested for hit and run.

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SIOUX FALLS — One person was hospitalized after being struck by a driver leaving the scene of a fight early Sunday, March 5, according to the Sioux Falls Police Department.

The incident happened after a group of people gathered at home in the 5300 block of West 44th Street in Sioux Falls. Another group arrived at the home around 4:30 a.m.

“There was some sort of disagreement between the people who were there, somebody pulled out a gun and started shooting,” police spokesman Sam Clemens said during the regular media briefing Monday, March 6.

No one was hit by the gunfire but officers did find a hole in a nearby home, Clemens said.

During the shooting, a couple people in a Dodge Durango left the scene.


At that same time, another person driving a GMC Yukon left the road, hit a man on the sidewalk and then struck the Durango.

The driver of the Yukon, Morris Smith Jr., 35, got out of the truck and walked away, Clemens said.

Officers found Smith, of Sioux Falls, a few blocks away and arrested him for aggravated assault and felony hit and run. Officers found methamphetamine when Smith was taken to the Minnehaha County Jail so he also faces a controlled substance charge, Clemens said.

“We’re not sure at this point who fired the gun. No weapons were recovered,” he said. “There’s still a lot to do on this case.”

Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for Sioux Falls Live. Reach him at
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