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DCI rules Rapid City police officer was justified in shooting suspect

Chris Potter
The Division of Criminal Investigation review indicates that Rapid City police officer was justified in shooting a suspect who pointed a novelty gun at the officer.

The Attorney General’s office says a state review found a Rapid City police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man during an incident earlier this year.

Police say officers responded to a call of two men who were refusing to leave a residence on May 30.

One of the men, who authorities identified as Kyle Whiting, had a court order prohibiting him from being at the residence and several warrants for his arrest.

He ran from the home after police arrived.

According to the Division of Criminal Investigation, Whiting pointed a novelty gun lighter at an officer during the ensuing chase. The officer shot Whiting, who later died at a hospital.

Toxicology tests showed Whiting had methamphetamine, amphetamine and ketamine in his system when he died.

A bystander in the home also suffered a gunshot wound but was later released from the hospital.

DCI investigators said the officer was justified in using lethal force since he faced a clear, life-threatening danger.

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