SD AG's office - Huron officers justified in shooting incident

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PIERRE — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office on Friday posted a press release that the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) review of the officer-involved shooting in Huron that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 7, was justified.

“The suspect was suicidal and presented a clear and present danger to law enforcement,” said Attorney General Jackley.

“The officers fired only after several verbal warnings were given to the suspect who then pointed his weapon at them.”

Officers were originally called on Sept. 7 at 1:47 p.m. to 375 Mellette Ave. SW, where Brian Geeson had threatened to shoot himself with a shotgun. Officers heard a gunshot in the residence and requested backup to set up a perimeter.

Attempts were made to contact Geeson by phone, which resulted in Geeson threatening to fire at officers and asking for them to shoot him. Geeson left his home at 2:16 p.m., carrying the weapon and was ordered by officers to drop the gun.

He pointed the firearm at officers, according to the report, and they responded by firing their weapons. Geeson was struck on the left side of his abdomen by one of the rounds fired.

Officers determined that Geeson’s weapon was unloaded.

He was administered life-saving measures, and was eventually transported to Huron Regional Medical Center, before being airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

He sustained serious injuries to his vertebrae and other internal organs. No other injuries occurred.

Two Huron Police Department officers and one Beadle County Sheriff’s officer were involved in the incident, discharging their firearms.

The names of the officers involved were not released in the report.

Testing showed that alcohol and THC were in Geeson’s system at the time of the incident. His blood alcohol content was .418.

All three law enforcement officers tested negative for drugs and alcohol as part of the investigation.

DCI processed the crime scene, collected and provided analysis on all evidence, reviewed forensic evidence, met with witnesses and reviewed video footage in its investigation.

The Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation thanks the South Dakota Forensic Laboratory and the South Dakota Highway Patrol for their assistance. The Huron Police Department and Beadle County Sheriff’s Office cooperated with the investigation.