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Minnehaha County Officer Involved Shooting Report Released

Pierre, SD- Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the shooting summary following the investigation into the shooting of Thomas Clair Webster on August 13th, 2010, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Division of Criminal Investigation, assisted by the Sioux Falls Police Department, conducted the investigation at the request of the Minnehaha Country Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred as three Deputies from the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve outstanding warrants. As Webster exited his residence and was approaching a vehicle, Deputies identified themselves as law enforcement. Webster veered away from the Deputies, and the Deputies pursued Webster in an attempt to take him into custody. Webster stopped, turned around, and reached into his leather vest. Deputies then saw Webster holding a semi-automatic 9mm aimed at Deputy Butler. Deputies believed Deputy Butler's life was in danger and used lethal force to ensure safety for the Deputies. It is the conclusion of this report and the Attorney General that Deputy Craig Butler and Deputy Joe Bosman were justified in firing their weapons.

The Attorney General would like to thank the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office and the family of the deceased for their complete cooperation in this investigation. Attorney General Jackley would further like to send condolences to the family of the deceased. 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Paige Wilbur,  (605) 773-3215