09/06/2008

Charge dismissed for cop who shot Hells Angel

Perjury charges have been dismissed against a Seattle police detective who shot a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club during last month's annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

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By Susan Gilmore
The Seattle Times

MEADE COUNTY, S.D. — Perjury charges have been dismissed against a Seattle police detective who shot a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club last month during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

In late August, Ron Smith was charged with aggravated assault and perjury after a two-day grand jury hearing by the Meade County, S.D., Circuit Court. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Smith claims he shot Hells Angel Joseph McGuire in self-defense during a bar fight in Sturgis.

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