One week later after an incident ending in a man shot dead by police here in Northeast Mandan, The police department answered some questions regarding their policies in situations like this one.
Police Chief Jason Ziegler said, “We’ll review the incident to make sure that it was in line with our department policy. If there’s policy violations, then we’ll address those violations.”
Since the situation is still under investigation, the police department was unable to answer any specific questions regarding the shooting itself,
But Chief Ziegler explained why all involved officers were placed on administrative leave even though only one shot the firearm.
“It was my determination as the chief that the officers that were there during the shooting all needed to have some time and space between the event. So, it doesn’t mean that they’re in any trouble whatsoever, we just want to make sure that they’re okay and we take care of our people that were there,” said Ziegler.
Many questions arose after learning the suspect, Ivan Wilson, had a knife, not a firearm, on him, and why a taser was not used by police in the first place.
Lt. Pat Haug explained, “It is case-by-case, and it’s also based upon the officer’s perception of what’s going on around them at the time of the incident. There are cases where things escalate so quickly that an officer may not use a taser but then there’s other times that they may use a taser. Really it’s that officer has to make that judgment call at the time.”
We were not able to get any specifics on the 19-year-old female involved in the incident because she is being treated as a victim in the original domestic violence case.
Chief Ziegler noted the officer that fired the gun will most likely be put on administrative work until the investigation is completed.