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S.D. Patrolman Cleared In Fatal Custer Shooting

September 24, 2011  | 

South Dakota's attorney general and criminal investigation division have cleared a highway patrolman who fatally shot a man who told a dispatcher he wanted to kill a law enforcement officer.

Patrolman Todd Albertson fatally shot Cody Engen on Sept. 6 in the tourist town of Custer, as Engen walked toward the officer with a handgun. He ignored three orders to drop the gun. The officer fired 14 rounds from his duty-issued .223 rifle at Engen, striking him three times.

Earlier, Engen had called 911 and told a dispatcher he was drunk, had a loaded .45, and wanted to kill a law enforcement officer.

View a detailed account of the officer-involved shooting at the South Dakota Attorney General's Web site.

Source: Black Hills Pioneer.

Tags: Tourist Destinations, Officer Exonerated, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Officer Involved Shootings, Suicide by Cop, South Dakota


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Tom Ret @ 9/24/2011 6:15 PM

The suspect went to some length to get the police to shoot him which he apparently couldn't do himself. The officer said he could not see his front sight when the suspect was 36 yards away in the dark which helps explain why he missed on most of his 14 shots. I would suggest some training involving low light shooting and getting some lights/lasers on those rifles. Next time it may be a suspect who is more determined to shoot the cops than be shot himself.

Tom Ret @ 9/24/2011 6:51 PM

Albertson's actions were textbook perfect.

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