Attorney general: Shooting of man in Madison justified

South Dakota News

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says a Lake County sheriff’s deputy was justified in shooting and wounding an armed Madison man.

Authorities say 34-year-old Benjamin Hernandez refused to put down his loaded shotgun after being ordered to do so.

The incident happened Sept. 30 when police and deputies responded to a report of a suicidal man armed with a shotgun in a vehicle at a convenience store in Madison.

The attorney general says at one point, Hernandez pointed his shotgun toward officers and then was shot and wounded by the deputy.


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