Attorney general says deputy-involved shooting justified

October 19, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota attorney general says a deputy-involved shooting in Sioux Falls was justified.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office asked the state Division of Criminal Investigation to review the September shooting of Christopher Sanftleben.

The division’s Thursday report says that Deputy Taylor Court fired six rounds, hitting Sanftleben once. He survived the injuries.

Court responded to a Sept. 23 call that a woman’s husband was intoxicated and being abusive. Court told investigators that he shot after Sanftleben pointed what appeared to be a hunting rifle at him.

Authorities say Sanftleben had a blood alcohol level of .233.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says Court was justified in firing his weapon and using deadly force.

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