Vargo: Sioux Falls police officer justified in shooting and killing man last month

August 22, 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls officer was justified in shooting and killing a man last month who fired a gun at a police drone during a standoff.

The South Dakota Attorney General’s office and the state Division of Criminal Investigation reviewed the July 3 shooting of 57-year-old Glenn Nisich.

Officers were trying to arrest Nisich and serve a search warrant in connection with a fatal shooting at a rural Minnehaha County home that happened one day earlier when the standoff happened. Police were negotiating with him before he fired toward the drone, the marksmen’s area and occupied homes. A SWAT team member fired twice in response, hitting Nisich once and killing him.

Attorney General Mark Vargo said in a statement that police “exhausted every reasonable option to safely bring Nisich into custody on his warrant before his statements and actions made it clear that deadly force was required.”