A wellness check by Sioux Falls police Thursday night escalated into a struggle with a man wielding a knife and ended with the man being shot to death by an officer.
Names have not been released. Multiple officers suffered minor injuries.
Sioux Falls Police Chief Jon Thum says officers responding to the call about 10:45 pm were confronted by the subject of their check, who had a knife.
Chief Thum says the officers talked to the man in an unsuccessful effort to calm him down, then tried to incapacitate him with beanbag rounds and stun guns.
Those also failed and the confrontation turned into a physical struggle which ended when one officer fired. Medical aid was rendered immediately and the man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is handling the case with the involved officers placed on administrative leave until the DCI finishes its work.
Chief Thum says “it’s obviously tragic when we deal with these situations (because) loss of life is loss of life, no matter the circumstances.