Lake Norden SD Dec 12 2016 The woman shot by the new police chief in Lake Norden, South Dakota, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, apparently has injuries that are not life-threatening, Sara Rabern, spokeswoman for Attorney General Marty Jackley, told the Capital Journal.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Murphy, the officer who shot the woman, has held at least three police jobs the past three years and was arrested himself, for disorderly conduct, in 2013.
Tara Leigh Hartse, 32, was shot about 5:30 a.m., Wednesday by Murphy, Lake Norden’s new police chief, after he responded to call from a residence, according to a news release from Rabern in Pierre on Wednesday that announced a state investigation into it.
“The incident escalated and resulted in the officer firing his duty weapon and shooting the subject,” according to the news release on Wednesday from Rabern.
Hartse was transported to a hospital and treated for her gunshot injuries.
On Friday, Rabern told the Capital Journal via email the injuries reportedly were not life-threatening.
Murphy, who is about 45, began in early 2016 as police chief and only officer in Lake Norden, a town of 490 about 27 miles south of Watertown.
He had worked as a police officer in Flandreau, S.D. and as a security officer in Sioux City, Iowa, the president of the Lake Norden City Council told the Capital Journal.
Murphy was hired in Flandreau as one of several police officers in 2013 by a police chief who had worked with Murphy in the police department in Alcester, South Dakota, according to the Moody County Enterprise newspaper.
Murphy began in Flandreau in July 2013 but by early September 2013 had resigned.
He was arrested for disorderly conduct in mid-September 2013 in Sioux City, according to news reports.
Flandreau Mayor Mark Bonrud told the Capital Journal that Murphy resigned from the police force after only a couple months but he would not comment on reasons for his resignation.
However, Bonrud said it was not related to Murphy’s arrest shortly afterward in Sioux City.
Murphy was charged with disorderly conduct about Sept. 18, 2013, in Sioux City related to a confrontation with school officials at his daughter’s elementary school, according to the Sioux City Journal.
He was arrested after a custody dispute at the elementary school with staff members and released on bond, according to KTIV-TV in Sioux City.
In October 2015, Murphy was hired as assistant director of safety and security at Morningside College in Sioux City, responsible for evening security on campus and supervising security officers on the night shift, according to a news release on the private college's website.
“Murphy has military, police and private security experience,” and “an associate’s degree in police science technology from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City,” according to the Morningside website.
Shortly after his Morningside hiring was announced, Murphy was hired as police chief in Lake Norden at a salary of $40,000 and began work in January, 2016, according to minutes of the city council.
After the shooting on Wednesday, the Lake Norden City Council placed him on paid leave while Jackley’s Division of Criminal Investigation completes an investigation of the shooting, which is routine in such cases. A report is expected within a month.
In the meantime, the Moody County Sheriff’s Department, which formerly provided law enforcement in Lake Norden on a contract basis, is handling calls for the city police department.
It was the sixth case this year in South Dakota that the DCI is investigating of a law enforcement officer shooting someone, Rabern said.
Murphy did not return phone calls from the Capital Journal this week.