AG: Mitchell officer fatally shot armed man during struggle

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The state Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating a Mitchell police officer's fatal shooting of a man after a struggle for the man's gun during an early-morning disturbance call.

The South Dakota Attorney General's office says 37-year-old Curtis James Meyer died at the scene.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says that Mitchell Police Officer Russ Stevenson responded to a disturbance call at a Mitchell residence just before 2 a.m. Friday and encountered Meyer armed with a gun. The incident escalated and during an ensuing struggle, Stevenson shot Meyer with the man's gun.

Jackley says that at the completion of the investigation, DCI will issue a case report to be reviewed by the Attorney General for a final determination on the officer's action. The summary report is anticipated within 30 days.


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