It's been more than a month since a chase and crash severely injured a South Dakota State Trooper.
Trooper Andrew Steen was involved in a chase that ended in the Bridges Complex on Western and 57th Street in Sioux Falls on October 17th.
The suspect, Rachel Coleman, drover her car into the front of one store; officers fired 23 rounds before taking her into custody.
This Thanksgiving, the store owner says he's giving thanks to Trooper Steen for preventing and incident that could have been much worse. He's also trying to give back.
David Jones, the owner of David Jones Fashions for Men and Women, pointed out exactly where Coleman ran her car into his building.
"This is where the car actually physically came into the store. This window was completely shattered, this wall was moved back probably about half a foot into the actual building," said Jones.
The height of the shoot out and car chase took place right in front and even inside of David Jones' clothing store…sending bullets through the walls, windows and ricocheting all over inside his store.
"If I had been in the store that evening, I don't know if I would have made it…the good lord gave me the sense to go home to my family that night," said Jones.
To show his appreciation for Steen protecting his store and community, Jones is trying to raise $20,000 for Steen and his family this Holiday season.
"It's just a way of saying thank you because I don't think anyone really understands the risk that these guys are putting themselves in on a daily basis. We think of traffic tickets and seat belt violations but every time they get a call that could put them in grave danger," said Jones.
Jones will be giving a portion of his sales this Holiday Season, starting on Black Friday all the way up to closing time on Christmas Eve; he plans to deliver the check to Steen on Christmas Eve.
"There's a guy who put it on the line for us and I think we need to make sure this holiday is as good for him as it is for anybody else," said Jones.
He is also encouraging the community of Sioux Falls to stop by the store and sign a giant get well card. Jones is hoping to get 10,000 signatures and well wishes for Trooper Steen.
"To me I think that will be even bigger than the check itself, for a guy to see a card that is the size of a car just plastered with well wishes and thank you's," said Jones.
Jones will begin the Holiday sale and card signing on Black Friday. Any purchase made at David Jones Fashions from Black Friday to Christmas Eve will help contribute to the fund for Trooper Steen.
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