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17-year-old shot by Sioux Falls Police after making threats to kill himself and others

Sept. 19 shooting marks eighth officer-involved shooting for Sioux Falls Police Department since last October.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A 17-year-old male with a handgun who threatened to kill himself and others was shot Monday by Sioux Falls Police.

This marks the eighth officer-involved shooting for the Sioux Falls Police Department since October 2021.

Authorities responded to a call at 5:11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, of a 17-year-old male making threats to harm himself and others while he was parked outside of his ex-girlfriend’s home, police Chief Jon Thum said on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The person informed dispatch that he believed his life to be over and that he was in possession of a firearm.

When officers arrived, they found the male within a half of a block of his ex-girlfriend’s family home. He immediately displayed a handgun to officers, Thum said.

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“Officers began to dialogue with the individual,” Thum said during a Tuesday news conference. “First on scene just happened to be a trained crisis intervention officer as well as a CIT supervising officer.”

Officers attempted to get the individual to drop the gun but their negotiations failed to secure the weapon from the young man.

According to Thum, the involved male raised his weapon toward officers, and officers fired on the male.

The individual was shot once and transported to a nearby hospital. There are no current updates on his condition.

After the scene was secure, officers were able to determine that the weapon the involved male had been holding was in fact a simile-type firearm.

“It is tragic whenever someone is shot,” Thum said. “But you can see with the facts that were being presented to our officers that it was a pretty unique situation with a heightened level of concern for the residents in the area, including the family involved.”

No charges have been filed at this time against the individual involved.

The Sioux Falls Police Department and the DCI will continue to investigate the incident.

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