Yankton Search Leads To Shooting

When officers arrived a search began for a man, who witnesses say, planned to kill himself

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A Yankton man is in the hospital after being shot by a police officer Tues. night. It started as a 911 call about a disturbance at a Yankton residence. When officers arrived a search began for a man, who witnesses say, planned to kill himself.

The search for 19-year-old Trae Allen Angel lasted over an hour according to witnesses. His escape down a Yankton alleyway left him injured with a gunshot wound, by Yankton Police Sgt. Jason Foote.

Cebrina Kruse, and her boyfriend, Justin Scheetz, live next to the alley where Angel was shot.

“I saw him point a gun,” recalls Kruse, “I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s Trae.’”

Kruse, who graduated with Angel in 2014, heard through a mutual friend that a disagreement had taken place between Angel and his parents, that night.

“He had an argument with his parents last night, and said he was going to kill himself.”

As they watched the search unfold from the window of their apartment, Scheetz saw what looked like an episode of ‘Cops.’

“I seen cops come right in front of my house, with flashlights and guns,” he says, “They had a rifle. Then they were just surrounding the area.”

The couple watched the event for 10 minutes before Angel appeared from behind their apartment.

“A couple minutes later he popped out the west side of my building and pointed a gun at the cops, and the cops shot him,” adds Scheetz.

Kruse also says, that she remembers angel having problems with depression and even battling drug use. But she was still shocked to see him shot right outside her home.

“He was a good kid, I know that he had family troubles, but I never imagined anything like this.”

Kruse recalls what Angel said right before he was shot.

“He came out from behind the shadows and put his gun up and said, “You’re really going to bring a gun?” and then the officer shot him.”

The Attorney General’s office filed charges against Angel, late Wed. afternoon. The complaint consists of 4 counts of attempted murder, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine, 4 counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine and 1 count of aggravated assault, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and/or $30,000 fine.

The Attorney General’s office says that they need to determine if the sergeant rightfully discharged his service weapon. That decision should be released within the month.