WHITEWOOD — Lawrence County State’s Advocate John Fitzgerald said the Whitewood badge administrator who accursed her assignment weapon in the band of assignment was justified in accomplishing so.
Whitewood Badge Arch Paul Witcraft said that on Dec. 28, 2019, Kannesha Nept, with the Whitewood Badge Department, attempted to conduct a cartage stop on a Honda Prelude for no taillights at about 5:40 p.m. at the circle of Laurel and Sherman streets.
The driver, after articular as Hunter Baker, 24, of Spearfish, bootless to stop and led the administrator at a aerial amount of acceleration forth Pine Street to Filmore Street and again to U.S. Highway 34.
Nept conducted a pit action – a appropriate action acclimated to about-face a doubtable agent sideways, causing the disciplinarian to lose ascendancy and stop, already bridge over Interstate 90. Baker’s agent spun out of ascendancy abreast the circle of Highway 34 and Whitewood Valley Road.
Baker and Nept ultimately ensued in a scuffle. During this time, Nept accursed a distinct attempt from her 9mm Glock assignment weapon. No one was afflicted by the shot.
Baker bankrupt acquaintance and fled the scene. Nept remained with the agent forth with the abandoned passenger. Baker was after begin by added law administration admiral abreast the scene. He, forth with the passenger, Spring Brock, 21, of Spearfish, were arrested after added incident.
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Analysis conducted the analysis of the incident.
“The administrator was justified in my assessment in battlefront her weapon, because she was in abhorrence of her safety,” Fitzgerald said.
He beneath added animadversion as the case charcoal active.
The Advocate General’s Office, which about releases absolute letters on badge complex shootings, beneath to animadversion on the Whitewood adventure as it did not accommodated the belief appropriate for its involvement.
“The bar which charge be anesthetized in adjustment to acceleration to the analogue of Administrator Complex Cutting is that an alone is addled by the ammo fired,” said Tim Bormann, arch of agents for the advocate general. “In an instance area the administrator did not ambition an … alone and no one was addled it is a amount of the Law Administration Administrator absolution their weapon while on assignment which is a amount of their bureau to investigate.”
Nept has been a affiliate of the Whitewood Badge Department back Dec. 11, 2019. She has been a certified badge administrator for about four years, Witcraft said.
Witcraft said he and the Whitewood admiral discussed the adventure and conducted a action analysis afterward the incident.
“She did a acceptable job,” Witcraft said. “She’s a acceptable officer.”
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