Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Deputy Cleared in Shooting
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says a Minnehaha County sheriff's deputy was justified in the May shooting of a man outside the jail in Sioux Falls.
Forty-four-year-old George Rinzy, Jr., was shot May 21 after authorities say he caused a disturbance at the jail and failed to cooperate with deputies and corrections officers.
A summary of the investigation says Rinzy shattered a glass door at the jail, and threw a glass liquor bottle toward Minnehaha Sheriff's Deputy Craig Olson, who was responding. Rinzy then armed himself with two knives — one in each hand. Officers ordered him to drop the knives but he refused.
Olson fired twice at Rinzy after Rinzy ran toward him with the knives raised. One of Olson's rounds hit Rinzy in the abdomen.
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