FULL STORY: Sheriff On Officer Involved Shooting: ‘This is what the officer was up against’

Suspect Involved In Domestic Dispute Allegedly Raised Pellet Rifle At Officers Before Deputy Shot Him

MINNEHAHA COUNTY, S.D.– We continue to learn more about the officer involved shooting that took place just north of Sioux Falls over the weekend. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect in a domestic dispute raised a pellet rifle at a deputy before the deputy shot him.

The call began as a domestic dispute early Saturday morning.

“Not only was there an assault, the individual was extremely intoxicated, throwing things around inside the trailer,” said Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says they were notified that there was a pellet gun inside the home on 6200 block of North Cliff Avenue. Shortly after, 46-year-old Christopher Sanftleben came outside.

“This is what the officer was up against,” said Milstead holding up a picture.

Milstead says Sanftleben raised a pellet rifle at a deputy. A pellet gun, that he says, could kill someone.

Milstead explained holding up a picture of a Beeman Silver Kodiac X2, “… velocity coming out of this pellet gun is about the same as a .22 long rifle.”

Milstead says Deputy Taylor Court fired six rounds at Sanftleben, hitting him once in the chest.

Milstead said, “It was a very high stress situation and the officer needed to protect himself, and the officer also needed to protect anyone in that area.”

Right after Sanftleben went down, authorities say Court and another deputy performed CPR until emergency crews arrived.

“Those officers performed what I would call life saving measures,” said Milstead.

As procedure, Court was placed on paid administrative leave, but is now back on the job.

Milstead said, “You know it’s a traumatic situation for a deputy to go through…. being involved in an officer involved shooting anytime in your career.”

However, Milstead says he was ready to get back to work.

The condition of the suspect has not been released. The case is now in the hands of the Division of Criminal Investigation. The South Dakota Attorney General is expected to release a report within 30 days.

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