FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

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


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

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.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Peerless Releases 700L Special Edition Handcuff to Commemorate Centennial Anniversary
Peerless Handcuff Company has released a 100th Anniversary Model 700L Chain Link Handcuff....
Handheld's ALGIZ 10X Rugged Tablet Now Compatible With Spillman Technologies' Public Safety Software
Handheld Group and Spillman Technologies today announced the compatibility of the Handheld...
SureFire 2211 Luminox WristLight Features 300 Lumens, Integral Swiss Timepiece
SureFire has expanded its line of 2211 WristLights—a whole new category of hands-free...
Suspect Wanted for "Fast and Furious" Murder of Border Patrol Agent Extradited from Mexico
Ivan Soto-Barraza was caught in Mexico in September 2013. He is charged with first degree...
Video: Off-Duty FBI Agent Fires Shots, Foils Suspected Los Angeles Kidnapping
An FBI agent shot at a man in the Canoga Park neighborhood of Los Angeles after it...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine