SIOUX FALLS, SD -
More than two years have passed since the last time Sioux Falls officers fired at a person. There are some similarities between this week's incident and that in May 2011.
22-year-old Jacob Westberg is dead after an officer-involved shooting Monday night in a western Sioux Falls neighborhood. Police say the call started as a suicidal subject armed with a gun.
It was a similar initial call in May 2011 that resulted in the shooting of 30-year old Aaron Sivert Thompson. Thompson was suicidal and walking down a sidewalk armed with a gun. Officers asked Thompson to stop and put the gun down. Instead he kept going and opened fire on the officers, who returned fire. More than 50 rounds were fired. Neighbors even thought firecrackers were going off.
A total of five officers fired in that incident. Police policy called for those officers to take time away from the job following the shooting.
South Dakota's Division of Criminal Investigation followed up with a full investigation of the incident. That is standard procedure in the state for any officer-involved shooting. That investigation cleared the officers of any wrongdoing. It also noted that Thompson was drunk and had cough suppressant in his system.
DCI will now conduct a similar investigation of this week's shooting and will eventually release its findings.
Before the 2011 incident, the previous officer-involved shooting in Sioux Falls was in 2004.
© 2013 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.