Emmanuel Hinton was only 17 when he passed away in Rapid City, South Dakota, on February 26, 2019. He is seen here in a photo on social media.

Native Sun News Today: Police investigate deaths of two young men

Two homicide investigations within 24 hours
Michael Mayweather and Emmanuel Hinton victims
By Ernestine Chasing Hawk
Native Sun News Today Staff Writer

RAPID CITY – Two weeks ago Rapid City Police Department reported that they were investigating what they believed were 2 homicide cases in less than 24 hours. Both Northeast Rapid incidents happened within a 7 block radius of each other.

However the second case originally deemed a homicide was later reclassified as an unattended death investigation.

According to the RCPD shortly after 8:00 p.m. on February 26, they received a report of a male subject who had just been shot and who was being transported to the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

The shooting victim who later died at the hospital was identified as 17-year-old Emmanuel Hinton of Box Elder.

After the police made contact with witnesses, they learned that the incident took place in an alleyway behind the 700 block of Blaine Avenue.

Michael Mayweather was only 20 years old when he passed away in Rapid City, South Dakota, on February 27, 2019. He is seen here in a photo on social media.

According to the RCPD they learned that the occupants of the vehicle had made contact with two males who were standing in the alleyway behind Blaine Avenue. At one point during the interaction with the occupants of the vehicle, one of the males in the alleyway produced a handgun and shot inside the vehicle, striking Hinton. The vehicle departed the scene to the hospital. Both suspects from the alleyway fled the area on foot.

The suspects are identified as 19-year-old Andre Martinez and 19-year-old Cole Waters, both of Rapid City.

Waters was taken into custody voluntarily earlier on the morning of February 27. Martinez was taken into custody at his residence in the 300 block of Denver Street following a brief callout of the Rapid City/Pennington County Special Response Team to the address.

The investigation into the shooting is open and ongoing. At this point, homicide and robbery charges are pending against Martinez and Waters.

“These arrests are the result of many hours of diligent work on behalf of detectives, working in tandem with patrol officers and Investigators of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office,” says Captain John Olson, Commander of the RCPD Criminal Investigations Division. “Thanks to the help of the dedicated law enforcement professionals of the RCPD and PCSO, these two murder suspects will be held accountable for their actions.”

The next day, February 27, shortly before 3 p.m. the RCPD reported they were called to 314 Adams Street where they located a male just outside the residence with an obvious gunshot wound to the head. The individual was declared deceased on scene.

The deceased was identified as 20-year-old Michael Mayweather of Rapid City.


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