Police shot and killed a Sioux Falls man after he came out of a house and pointed a gun at officers Monday evening. Police were called to the scene because the man was suicidal and there were reports of gunshots in the house.
Family members of Jacob Westberg call the shooting unjustified and they want answers.
The family of Jacob Westberg, who friends call JD, says he was having problems with his ex-girlfriend and their young daughter. But they feel Sioux Falls police messed up.
"This was uncalled for, uncalled for," Jacob's mother Wendy Westberg said. "His ex-girlfriend kept him calm most of the day until she kept calling him and they finally told her to stop calling him."
"He told these guys he didn't want to hurt anybody; that he needed somebody to talk to," Jacob's father Gary Westberg said.
That somebody, they insist, could have been JD's brother, Matt, who arrived on the scene shortly after police.
"I tried talking to him and tried telling officers that, 'I can get him and calm him down. And let me go talk to him,' and they just pushed me aside. They didn't give me a chance," Matt Westberg said.
"For them to go in there guns drawn was absolutely unnecessary," Gary said. "What needed to be done was to back off. Give him a little space. Everybody relax a little bit and to readjust; assess the situation. They did not do that."
The family is remembering JD and his love of hunting, sports, camping and his young daughter. Now, the Westberg family is left with a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to this man and why police reacted the way they did.
"Couldn't they have gone in with something different like tear gas or whatever?" Wendy asked. "They didn't need to shoot him."
The Westberg family says they haven't been able to see their son yet and were told they probably won't get to until Thursday.
The Attorney General's office is investigating to determine if officers were justified in the shooting.