After nearly a month-long investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation said Friday that Rapid City Police Officer Anthony Meirose was justified in “firing his weapon and using lethal force” when he shot and killed Allen Locke last month.
Key findings included that witnesses corroborated the officer’s report that Locke had a knife and charged him; that Locke was highly intoxicated and had several drugs in his system; and that prior to being shot, Locke had stated “it’s a good day to die.”
Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris on Friday said the killing of Locke, which happened in the kitchen of a small home reportedly while several other people were present, ultimately resulted from a “suicide by cop” decision on Locke’s part.
Attorney General Marty Jackley released the DCI’s synopsis of the Dec. 20 shooting…
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