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STURGIS S.D. --
An off-duty Seattle police officer attending South Dakota's famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been detained in connection with a shooting that left one man injured early Saturday morning.
The shooting followed a confrontation between Hell's Angels Motorcycle gang members and members of the Iron Pigs Motorcycle club, South Dakota investigators said. Iron Pigs is a riding club that often counts law enforcement officers among its membership, according to the club's website.
During the altercation, two shots were fired and one of the Hell's Angel members was struck. That man was taken to the Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment and his condition was unknown.
Authorities detained the suspected shooter, a Seattle officer, but he has not been arrested.
"Early this morning, the Seattle Police Department received notification that one of our officers was involved in an off-duty shooting in Sturgis, South Dakota," said a statement released by the Seattle Police Department Saturday. "We believe that four other off-duty Seattle Police officers were present when the shooting occurred," the statement reads.
Neither officials in South Dakota nor Seattle would release the names of the officers involved.
Chief Gil Kerlikowske is sending a team of detectives to Sturgis to learn more about the incident, including homicide Lt. Jim Dermody, homicide detectives and a sergeant with the Office of Professional Accountability. The team is expected to leave for South Dakota Saturday evening.
"The Seattle Police Department considers this a matter of utmost seriousness," the statement reads. "All five officers will be placed on administrative reassignment (relieved of duty) pending further investigation by the South Dakota authorities."
The shooting happened during the annual biker rally in Sturgis, S.D., which draws thousands of riders each year for a series of events over several days. The rally is scheduled to end Sunday.
Around 1 a.m. Saturday, Sturgis police were called to the Loud American Roadhouse in the center of town in response to a report of a fight and shooting, according to press releases issued by Sturgis police and the Meade County Sheriff's Office.
As many as 500 people were inside the club when officers from several agencies converged on the popular bar, evacuating patrons and securing the club.
Dean Kinney, one of the bar's owners, told the Rapid City Journal in Rapid City, S.D., that workers at the bar noticed several Hell's Angels gathering in and outside the bar, and actually called police prior to the shooting as a precaution.
Kinney told the paper that he was told a scuffle broke out before the shots were fired.
Daytona Beach, Fla. resident Nick McCallum told the Journal that he was working at a T-shirt shop across the street when he heard the shots.
"It was pretty much pandemonium," he told the paper. "The whole place just flooded out. A lot of people screaming, a bunch of craziness. I wasn't sure what it was."
Trevor Jones, assistant director of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, declined to provide any details as to what led to the shooting, citing the on-going nature of the investigation. He said none of those involved in the incident were from South Dakota.
The shooting is being investigated by several agencies. The annual Sturgis rally has a raucous reputation, attracting bikers from around the country, but Saturday's shooting is the first to take place during the rally in nearly 20 years.
Seattle police Sgt. Rich O'Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officer's Guild, said he had not been contacted regarding the shooting, but said that officers have a right to protect themselves and should be given the benefit of the doubt while the allegations are investigated.
"They deserve to have it played out," he said.