SD Attorney General: officers justified in rural Pennington Co. - KOTA Territory News

SD Attorney General: officers justified in rural Pennington Co. shooting


Three officers who fired on a man in rural Pennington County last month were justified in using lethal force, according to the officer involved shooting summery released Monday by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. 
Travis Ross, 43, was shot at least four times during the June 17th incident. 

Three officers fired a total of 47 rounds after a pursuit that ended on this stretch of Highway 14/16 near New Underwood. Officers used road spikes to stop the chase.  They began firing when Ross pointed a rifle at them.

According to the report, once Ross dropped his weapon and officers approached, he made several statements saying, "I'm dead, I'm dead, just shoot me in the head."
At the time, Ross had a blood alcohol level of .196.

His criminal history includes drunk driving arrests and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
He was a parole absconder at the time of the shooting. He remains in the custody of the SD Department of Corrections.

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