State probe clears Rapid City officer who shot and killed man who threatened him with knife

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PIERRE, South Dakota — Attorney General Marty Jackley says a state investigation has concluded that a Rapid City police officer who shot and killed a suspect late last year was justified in using lethal force.

Officer Anthony Meirose on Dec. 20 shot 30-year-old Allen Locke, who died as a result of his injuries. Jackley says Meirose responded to a call about a drunk and unwanted person in a home, and Locke threatened him with a kitchen steak knife.

Jackley says the Department of Criminal Investigation probe determined that Meirose shot Locke five times after Locke ignored his commands to drop the knife and advanced on the officer.

Jackley says an autopsy concluded that Locke was legally drunk and also had illegal drugs in his system.

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