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SD – Authorities delayed arrests to sort out chaos of bar shooting ~ Local authorities didn’t make immediate arrests at the Loud American Roadhouse after a shooting there during the Sturgis motorcycle rally because the scene was chaotic and needed sorting out, Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush said. “Before you start throwing people in jail, you have to be sure what happened,” he said. A Meade County grand jury indicted six men last week on charges related to the shooting. Arrest warrants were also issued for the men, at least three of whom are members of the Iron Pigs motorcycle club of police officers and firefighters. They include Seattle police detective Ronald Smith, 43. He has admitted to shooting 33-year-old Joseph Patrick McGuire on Aug. 9 during a scuffle between the Iron Pigs and Hells Angels at the Sturgis bar. Smith, who has claimed he shot McGuire in self-defense, was briefly detained and questioned, then allowed to return to Washington. He was indicted on felony charges of assault and perjury. McGuire, who was hospitalized and is reportedly recovering from his wounds, also was indicted for felony assault. The four other accused bikers were indicted on misdemeanor charges. Police often arrest people at the scene of shootings and other crimes if there is a suspect. But that wasn’t done in this instance because of the number of people involved, Bush said. There were about 450 people in the packed bar that night, he said. Authorities turned over their interview of Smith and other witnesses to State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal, who presented the information to the grand jury. The jurors heard testimony from several people who were at the scene before handing down the charges. Smith’s status as a law enforcement officer had nothing to do with his not being arrested at the scene, Bush said. “People are just not used to the process that was used there because that was not a normal thing that happened,” he said, referring to how the shooting occurred. Sondreal said he expects the accused men to turn themselves in and appear voluntarily in Meade County court. No further information about their cases has been released since the warrants were issued. As for next year’s rally, Bush said he doesn’t have special security measures planned. But he said he hopes the Iron Pigs decide to stay home. “I hope to heck they don’t come back next year,” Bush said. “It would be really nice if they don’t, because we’re going to have Hells Angels,” he said. “I guess one would think that there would be a problem if they get together again. I’d just as soon not have that.”

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