September 10, 2020

Rapid City man indicted on murder charges for January shooting incident

25-year-old Dion Bordeaux of Rapid City has been indicted on a charge of First Degree Murder after a shooting incident that left a woman dead on New Year’s Day 2020.

On January 1st at around 3:50 a.m., police were called to a room at 1740 Rapp Street for a report of a female with a gunshot wound. On arrival, police located the female unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head. A medical unit arrived at the location and it was determined the female was deceased. It was learned there were two males in the room at the time of the shooting, one of them identified as Dion Bordeaux. Police made contact with Bordeaux and he was taken into custody on an existing Warrant for Aggravated Assault. He has remained in custody since this arrest.

The deceased was identified as 22-year-old Jeanette Jumping Eagle.

During the course of the investigation, police recovered evidence to suggest the shooting scene had been staged to appear as a suicide. By exploring multiple forensic avenues, it was determined that Dion Bordeaux was responsible for the shooting. This evidence was presented to the Pennington County States Attorney’s Office. This evidence was then submitted to Grand Jury and the decision has been made to indict Bordeaux for the murder charge in relation to the shooting. Further inquiries into details about the shooting investigation will be referred to the Pennington County States Attorney’s Office.

This indictment brings Rapid City’s homicide count for 2020 to a total of 10 at the time of this release. Some important data points to consider about these homicides:

  • In eight of the homicides, a suspect has been taken into custody or named (Jamys Flyinghorse).
  • In eight of the homicides, police have determined drug use or drug distribution to be a factor.
  • Seven out of these homicides have occurred behind closed doors, making law enforcement intervention nearly impossible without a call for service.
  • Police have recovered no evidence to suggest that these were random incidents, and that there existed a known association between the suspect and victim at the time of the murder.

“It’s always been clear that illegal drug use and associated substance abuse has had a connection to violent crime in our community,” says Chief of Police Don Hedrick. “We want to assure the public that the staff of the RCPD is committed to working around-the-clock until justice can be served in each and every one of these violent incidents. It’s also important to note that the violent actions of these offenders have created four additional victims who remain in critical condition. We are monitoring their status and hoping for the best, and the collective sympathies of local law enforcement go out to those affected by this senseless violence.”

Many of these homicide cases remain in a state of open and active investigation by the RCPD and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, or in prosecution by the Pennington County States Attorney’s Office. The RCPD is awaiting forensic testing results in the two cases with unnamed suspects (the murders of James Donner and Joseph Bradford).

Should anyone have any information about these incidents, they should contact police at 394-4131. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

* The charges are merely accusations and the arrested individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Any additional details regarding this case can be obtained from the Pennington County State’s Attorney and/or court records as appropriate.

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