Radar Hill Road officer-involved shooting deemed justified
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation assisted by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Meade County Sheriff’s Office, and South Dakota Highway Patrol, investigated the May 14 officer-involved shooting of Ty Quinton Stilwell, age 24, of Rapid City.
The investigation and incident has been reviewed and deemed to be justifiable by the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Daniel Haggar.
Pennington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance on Radar Hill Road around 3 p.m. May 14. After arriving at the scene and making contact with Stilwell – who was armed with a rifle – deputies verbally directed him to drop the gun and put it away.
Stilwell raised and shouldered the weapon, yelled profanities, and pointed the weapon in the direction of the party who called 9-1-1 originally. At that time, the deputies fired at Stilwell.
“The professionalism of all the agencies involved, working alongside our DCI agents, made this complex investigation go very smoothly,” David Natvig, investigator with the DCI, said. “Thank you to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office for their service and complete cooperation in this investigation.”
The deputies fired a total of 10 rounds in Stilwell’s direction, striking him four times before he fell to the ground and dropped the gun.