Officer Cleared to Come Back to Work Following April Shooting

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On April 14th, Sergeant Nick Pynnonen of the Mandan Police Department shot and killed a man in Mandan. 

Following the shooting, Sgt. Pynnonen was put on standard leave.

Today, the Morton County State’s Attorney completed his review and ruled Sgt. Pynnonen was justified in discharging his duty firearm and no criminal charges will be filed. The Mandan Police Department has placed the sergeant back on full duty. 

According to a press release sent by Mandan’s Police Department on April 14th Sgt. Pynnonen responded to a domestic dispute at 502 1/2 4th Ave. NE in Mandan where he came into contact Ivan Wilson. 

Wilson was in possession of a knife. Sgt. Pynnonen reportedly told Wilson to drop the knife numerous times, but Wilson did not obey. 

Then Sgt. Pynnonen deployed his taser, striking Wilson, but it was ineffective in stopping him as he advanced toward the officer with the knife. 

The release goes on to say that Sgt. Pynnonen then discharged his duty firearm, striking Wilson numerous times. Sgt. Pynnonen then attempted to provide medical assistance to Wilson until EMS arrived. Wilson was pronounced dead on scene. 

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