- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Highway Patrol trooper who shot and killed a suspect in a Rapid City apartment standoff has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says a state investigation determined Trooper Michael Dale was justified in firing his weapon.

A report says Tim Holmgren called police to his apartment April 27, then pointed a pistol at the responding officer, who retreated.

The report says Holmgren refused to leave and told a crisis negotiator his door and windows were “wired.” It says Dale was atop an armored vehicle and fired seven rifle shots after Holmgren pointed a handgun at the trooper. Holmgren was shot at least six times. He had alcohol and prescription drugs in his system.

Authorities found a CO2 cartridge pellet handgun in the apartment. No explosives were discovered.


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