Man fires gun into air after asking group of people if they are state employees, police say
A tan 2002 Ford F-250 involved in an early morning shootout in Sioux Falls.
Police are looking for a person of interest in connection with an early morning shooting in Sioux Falls that may be linked to Tuesday afternoon's shooting involving law enforcement.
According to Sam Clemens, a spokesman for the Sioux Falls Police Department, the incident happened around 8:15 a.m. at the 1400 block of Jessica Avenue in east Sioux Falls.
Law enforcement agencies are looking for Elliot Lincoln Jay Bird, 27, according to multiple press releases from various agencies.
Jay Bird was allegedly driving in a brown 2002 Ford F-250 pickup and pulled up next to a vehicle with construction plates, said Sam Clemens, spokesman for the Sioux Falls Police Department. The 27-year-old asked a group of people outside the vehicle if they were government employees. They said they weren't.
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Jay Bird then fired a single shot in the air with a shotgun before driving off, Clemens said.
Police couldn't find a cartridge case from the firearm, Clemens said.
Elliott Lincoln Jaybird
Clemens said it was unclear why the suspect was looking for state officials, but he declined to say whether the person posed a danger to the public.
The police are still investigating and are currently looking for the light brown pickup, said Clemens.
DPS: Person "involved" in Tuesday's shooting
The Ministry of Public Security said in a press release that the SFPD has received multiple reports and information that an "individual involved in an officer involved Tuesday is looking for someone in law enforcement or a state official to shoot."
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The subject was spotted making those statements at an intersection in Sioux Falls Wednesday and firing a shotgun into the air, according to the DPS release.
The DPS publication did not specifically name Jay Bird, but the vehicle description, photos, and license plates match those of SFPD.
Clemens told the Argus Leader that Jay Bird is not the missing suspect in Tuesday's shooting that killed a man outside a Burger King on 12th Street and Williams Avenue. In this case, two other people were arrested.
Jay Bird is a suspect only in Wednesday morning's shooting, Clemens said. Police don't "definitely" know his relationship to Tuesday's incident.
Anyone who sees the recently stolen pickup truck in Sioux Falls, license plate number FF0311, should call the police immediately.
Police believe the man who fired the gun is Elliot Lincoln Jay Bird, 27, Clemens said.
This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Sioux Falls Police Investigate Threat of Gunfire Against Officials
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