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Police kill sword-wielding teen after mom slain

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 28, 2007 in Crime
16-year-old shot after attacking family members, officers with weapon
Police killed a teenager who they say had used a sword to kill his mother and injure three other people, including a police officer. Investigators have not determined the motive for the attacks, said Huron, South Dakoota's police Chief Doug Schmitt.
"We don’t have any background or any events leading up to the assault this morning that would give any indication of a motive," he said.
Police was called to the family's home on Friday and found 14-year-old Rebekah Gilchrist with several cuts on her lower arms and hands. The officers then saw her brother, 16-year-old Josh Gilchrist, swinging a long sword. Chief Schmitt said the boy hit the policeman several times before others fired several shots and killed the boy.
Police found the body of the boy's mother, 49-year-old mom Betty Gilchrist, and an injured foreign exchange student. The boy's father was not hom during the attacks in this east-central South Dakota town. Schmitt said he believes Josh Gilchrist collected swords.
Rebekah Gilchrist was taken to a hospital in Sioux Falls. The exchange student, whose name was not released, and the officer were treated at Huron Regional Medical Center and released.
Four officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is a standard procedure when police fire a gun.
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