- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says a Mitchell police officer who shot a woman who later died was justified in using lethal force.

Jackley’s office investigated the Nov. 8 shooting of 52-year-old Joy Ann Sherman, who died two days later at a Sioux Falls hospital. Such reviews by the Division of Criminal Investigation are standard procedure.

Patrol Sgt. David Beintema was among officers who responded to a report of a woman at a motel who was armed with a handgun, drunk and threatening to hurt herself and others. Jackley’s report says Beintema shot Sherman three times after Sherman pointed her gun at him.

Jackley’s report says no one else at the scene saw Sherman point her gun at Beintema, but other evidence indicated his actions were justified.

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