Authorities identify knife-wielding man in deputy involved shooting
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls man who was shot after charging law enforcement officers with a knife on Tuesday has been identified and charged.
George Lee Rinzy Jr., 44, is charged with several counts of aggravated assault, one count of simple assault, one count of intentional damage to public property and one count of disorderly conduct.
The charges stem from an incident that happened shortly after 3 p.m. on May 21 when Rinzy approached the lobby of the Minnehaha County Jail holding a glass bottle.
He allegedly began hitting the glass front door of the lobby, while an officer attempted to keep the doors shut. Eventually the glass shattered, causing injuries to the officer.
According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Rinzy then walked away from the building and confronted several law enforcement officers and a deputy in the parking lot.
Rinzy charged the officers with a knife as they ordered him repeatedly to drop the weapon. He then turned and charged a Sheriff’s Deputy, getting within feet of the officer who fired two shots at him.
At least one of the shots hit Rinzy, who was taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries. He is still recovering, but will be placed under arrest when his condition has improved.
The Minnehaha County Jail was temporarily put on lockdown on Tuesday as a result of the incident.
The Attorney General’s Office is reviewing the case as it was an officer involved shooting. A report and shooting summation will be produced at the end of the investigation and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will make a final determination of the officer’s actions. The release of the summary is expected within 30 days.