Ravnsborg Clears Whitewood Officer In Wounding Of Suspect


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has concluded a Whitewood police officer was justified in shooting a Rapid City man holding a knife in the leg two months ago.

Ravnsborg says 41-year-old Jaris Kroetch had failed sobriety tests, resisted arrest, and attempted to flee from an officer before he was shot at a Whitewood gas station on April 10.

The report details how an officer, whose name has not been released, was called to the gas station after the attendant said Kroetch was acting paranoid.

The officer said he attempted to arrest Kroetch, but a struggle ensued and as Kroetch started his car while holding a knife, the officer shot him in the leg.