Officials: Man Shot By Deputy Had Pointed Pellet Rifle

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Minnehaha County sheriff’s officials say a man shot by a deputy over the weekend had pointed a pellet rifle at officers who responded to a domestic disturbance near Sioux Falls.

Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Michelle Boyd said at a briefing Tuesday officials responded to a mobile home park about 1:20 a.m. Saturday on a report of an intoxicated individual who was throwing things. Boyd says Christopher Sanftleben came out of the home and threatened officers with a pellet rifle. Boyd says a deputy fired six rounds with one bullet hitting Sanftleben. She said officers began life-saving measures.

Authorities did not disclose the extent of the man’s injuries.

Sheriff Mike Milstead says the deputy who fired the shots is returning to duty. A report from state investigators is expected in 30 days.

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