Officer justified in using force during July standoff, attorney general, DCI report says
Suspect was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in Minnehaha County, officials say
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released the summary of the officer-involved shooting of Glenn Nisich of Sioux Falls, 57, by a Sioux Falls Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member on July 3 in Sioux Falls. The report found that the officer involved in the shooting was justified in using lethal force.
“The Division of Criminal Investigation conducted an independent, thorough and complete investigation into this incident at the request of the Sioux Falls Police Department,” Vargo said.
Nisich was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred at a rural Minnehaha County home on July 2. At 2 a.m. on July 3, the Sioux Falls SWAT team was called out to assist with a search warrant and the apprehension of Nisich at a residence in east Sioux Falls. The Crime Negotiations Unit was on scene speaking to Nisich who was on a cell phone.
At 6:18 a.m., Nisich pointed his firearm to the north and fired one round in the general direction of a police drone, the marksmen’s area and occupied houses. The SWAT team member fired two shots at Nisich, hitting him one time. Nisich was later pronounced dead at the scene.
“Law enforcement exhausted every reasonable option to safely bring Nisich into custody on his warrant before his statements and actions made it clear that deadly force was required,” Vargo said. “Based on the circumstances, the evidence and witness interviews, our investigation determined that a reasonable officer present at the scene was justified in firing their weapon and using lethal force during this tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving situation.”
The Division of Criminal Investigation said the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Highway Patrol Office provided assistance and cooperation during the investigation.