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One dead in officer-involved shooting in Sioux Falls

A press release from the Sioux Falls Police Department did not specify whether the individual killed was a suspect, officer or bystander.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One person is dead after police returned fire at a suspect during a Tuesday evening traffic stop in Sioux Falls.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., officers with the Sioux Falls Police Department and at least one deputy with the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of West 12th Street and South Williams Avenue — roughly two blocks east of Sherman Park.

During the course of the traffic stop, at least one subject "engaged" law enforcement with a firearm, according to Nick Cook, assistant chief of police in Sioux Falls. In response, law enforcement returned fire.

In a press release issued by the Sioux Falls Police Department, authorities acknowledged that one "subject" was pronounced dead at the scene. The press release did not specify whether the individual killed was a suspect, officer or bystander.

As is standard practice in officer-involved shootings, the investigation has been turned over to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.


Cook said more information will become available at the Sioux Falls Police Department's daily briefing on Wednesday morning.

The officer-involved shooting is the fifth involving officers with the Sioux Falls Police Department this year.

Of those, only one DCI investigation has been completed, in which the unnamed officer was ruled as justified in shooting the suspect.

Another investigation involving a shooting in Madison is also still pending results.

Other officer-involved shooting investigations still awaiting conclusion in South Dakota...

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021. After over a year in Mitchell, he moved to Milwaukee, where he now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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