SD trooper found justified in shooting at Vermillion resident

PIERRE, S.D. – A state trooper has been found justified in shooting at a pursuit suspect last month.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation released the summary into the shooting of Vermillion resident Kuong Gatluak, 21, in Union County.

The Division of Criminal Investigation, assisted by the Minnehaha and Union County Sheriff’s Office, conducted the investigation at the request of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

On the evening of Sept. 16, the Vermillion Police Department responded to a call at a Vermillion residence that resulted in a vehicle pursuit. Police stopped pursuing the suspect when speeds increased in a residential neighborhood.

A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The situation escalated, resulting in the trooper firing at the suspect.

“It is my conclusion as attorney general that the trooper was justified in firing their weapon and using lethal force,” stated Jackley. “I would like to thank the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the trooper for their service and complete cooperation in this investigation.”


Information from the South Dakota attorney general’s office
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