Sioux Falls Police Kill Man During Standoff [UPDATE]
A dreary Monday turned deadly in Sioux Falls. Police initially responded to a call for a man considering suicide. The man, identified as 22-year-old Jacob Daniel Westberg, eventually confronted the SWAT team menacingly, was shot and died at the scene.
Sioux Falls Police Department Chief Doug Barthel said at a press conference that the incident occurred within the 6600 block of West 15th Place in Sioux Falls starting approximately 5:00 p.m. The initial report was a man threatening to kill himself with a gun.
Witnesses told police upon arrival that one shot had been fired inside the house. The SWAT team was called in to protect the perimeter and there were brief negotiations with Westberg. Police say while they were at the scene, another shot was fired by Westberg.
Barthel said as the situation escalated, “After making contact a few times, the subject then came out of the residence, pointed a long rifle at the officers that were on the scene. As soon as that happened one of our SWAT officers shot him at least a couple of times.” He was pronounced dead and taken away in an ambulance No officers or bystanders were injured at the scene.
As a matter of policy in the shooting Sioux Falls Police will have the Division of Criminal Investigation conduct an investigation and the officer involved will be put on paid administrative leave. Initial reports justify the shooting according to Barthel. At the time there was no other option for the officer other than to protect himself and others by using necessary force. The entire incident happened within a two hour window. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department were also at the location.