4:45 PM EDT, July 15, 2013
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says officers were justified in firing their weapons during a standoff with a Pennington County man last month.
The Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation at the request of South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper Clayton Heinrich and Pennington County deputies Jamin Hartland and Robert Schoberl.
The incident occurred on June 17, following a report of erratic driving by a motorist, which escalated into a chase and standoff with law enforcement.
As a result of the standoff, 43-year-old Travis Ross was shot.
JAckley says "it is the conclusion of this report and the Attorney General that the officers were justified in firing their weapons and using lethal force."
Ross was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation from felony D-U-I conviction in November of 2012.