Lincoln County Sheriff releases bizarre statement on gunshot death over the weekend

I had to dig around google to make sure I was reading this statement correctly;

On September 10, 2022, Lincoln County Deputies responded to a call regarding gunshots in Harrisburg, SD. Upon arrival law enforcement located a deceased individual. This matter is being investigated as an unattended death and foul play is not suspected. Given the nature of the death, no additional details will be released.

Sheriff Steve Swenson

Okay, here are some definitions;

The phrase unattended death refers to a death in which the body is not found for days, weeks, or in some cases, months.

foul play; any treacherous or unfair dealing, especially involving murder

This is what I do know. A well known music venue in Harrisburg was hosting a hip-hop show that night that was supposed to occur in a well known music venue in Sioux Falls. That bar declined to do the show, so it got moved to Harrisburg. The shooting occurred a few blocks from the venue in Harrisburg. A friend of mine that lives very near to the incident told me he heard multiple gunshots.

Now I am NO police investigator, but I don’t know too many people who go to a hip hop show, walk a couple of blocks away after leaving the show and kill themselves in a stranger’s driveway. Also, people who kill themselves using a gun don’t shoot themselves multiple times.

Maybe they did. Richard Benda shot himself using a 5 foot branch while pheasant hunting by himself, so stranger things have happened 🙁

It also could have been an intoxicated person screwing around with a gun and accidentally shot themself.

I am hoping someone, anyone in the media questions the sheriff. Was this a murder? A suicide or an accidental shooting? Because the statement above isn’t reassuring.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 09.12.22 at 4:55 pm

But attending a country music concert once made me think about shooting myself.

#2 Paranoid, but educated... on 09.12.22 at 8:07 pm

Okay, so we all need to start talking about this. Don’t you think it’s kinda strange that the U.K. got a new prime minister and sovereign all in the same week? AND, the new prime minister is on record for once advocating the dissolving of the U.K. monarchy. #StopTheSteal #LetThemEatCake(WrongCountry) #LongLiveTheTruth

#3 "Woodstock" on 09.12.22 at 8:58 pm

“Not only that, but the new UK Prime Minister Truss is missing the final “t” in her name”… “So there you go”…. “And the T-r-u-s-s (double ‘s’) must be the initial British spelling of ‘trust’, but apparently she is not of trus(s)t”….

#4 "Woodstock" on 09.12.22 at 10:18 pm

“AND, this new ‘King Charles the III’ has always been into ‘Trusts'”… “So, he’s probably in on it as well”…. “Plus, the late Queen’s last public meeting was with Prime Minister Truss, which is suspicious if you ask me”…
“Thus, this all must be thrust into the public eye before it’s too late as the now late sovereign is returned to dust”…

#GodSaveTheMonarchy #BloodyMess #IMissBorisAlready

#5 Scott D Hudson on 09.13.22 at 11:22 am

I heard all about this last night. No it’s not what is being reported, and there’s apparently some video footage of an incident involving the victim at the hip hop show.

#6 D@ily Spin on 09.13.22 at 12:22 pm

Let’s make Melonia queen. She’d look good in a Rolls.

Back on topic. Without a back story, there’s lots of suspicion about the Lincoln County murder. There’s some sort of coverup.

#7 My Mistake Mike on 09.13.22 at 12:39 pm

It’s the Tuthill Park Ghost.

#8 Very Stable Genius on 09.13.22 at 5:02 pm

Maybe Angela should do a story about it.

#9 Bang Bang you're unattended on 09.14.22 at 6:24 am

The thought of someone having an unattended death caused by a gun somehow firing multiple times is beyond the scope of believable. How can this not be a murder? How can this not now be foul play but then again is the sheriff playing us?

#10 Further Fear & Loathing on 09.14.22 at 11:38 am

Isn’t this the same sheriff who started his own pay bonus program for his deputies? Maybe we are becoming like the southern states, where if you want to get anything done you don’t go to the governor’s office, rather you go county by county and talk to each of the individual sheriffs. #LocalControl #MayberryMeetsTwinPeaks

#11 "Woodstock" on 09.14.22 at 4:34 pm

“‘Twin Peaks’?”….. “Oh, you’re talking about that old TV show… Never mind”….

#12 The Guy From Guernsey on 09.15.22 at 1:20 pm

Some real ‘Charles Mix County’ vibes to this case, for sure.
Was the Charles Mix County Deputy Coroner (aka the Coroner to the SD Political Establishment) serving an interim assignment to Lincoln County?

#13 "Woodstock" on 09.17.22 at 8:14 am

“Say, whatever happened to the ‘South Dakota Coroner’ that Janklow created for the Payne Stewart crash near Mina?”… “CNN interviewed him…. He was dressed in all black with a bald head (No, it wasn’t Curd.), then he was near heard from or seen again”…. #PhantomCoroner

#14 "Woodstock" on 09.17.22 at 8:44 am

“never” and not “near”…. #SorrySteve 🙂 (…. “And I still want to know whatever happened to that anti-quotation boy”…. (?))