- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Rapid City police officer who shot a man while responding to the report of a shooting was justified in firing his weapon.

A report released Monday says Officer Barry Young discharged his rifle three times, striking 44-year old Rapid City resident Earl Hicks one time during the incident in the afternoon of Feb. 28 near a homeless shelter.

The report says Young shot Hicks after Hicks disregarded orders to drop his weapon in his right hand and began to raise it.

Hicks was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the incident outside the Cornerstone Rescue Mission.

The report says the person whom Hicks shot in the chest has recovered.

Young was placed on leave while the state investigated the shooting.


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