PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota investigators have determined that a sheriff’s deputy was justified in shooting a Minnesota man following an escalation from a short vehicle pursuit in rural Moody County.

Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation say that after 59-year-old Robert Nosbusch failed to follow repeated commands on Feb. 16, he began walking towards officers and another Pipestone, Minn., man wielding a 45 caliber pistol.

The investigation found that Moody County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Bowden had little choice but to fire his weapon in defense of himself and the third party.

Nosbusch was taken by ambulance to a hospital and treated for wounds.

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Comments (5)
  1. Amy Senser' says:

    Fine by me

  2. Serpico says:

    The question is “Could the situation have been handled better?” Without anyone being shot?

    The police have a one-size-fits-all response and in this case it was tragically wrong.

    BTW: The current law requires citizens to run away from harm. The new law going to the governor gives the same rights to the citizens the deputy has.

    1. Haywood Jablome says:

      The answer to your question, as answered by the Attorney Generals’s office, is No, the situation could not have been handled better.

      One-size-fits-all resononse, huh? Yeah cops pretty much jump right to the heater to solve every problem. The other night I called the cops about a loud party at 3am. He showed up, lined up each of the kids at the party, and blew them away one by one. It was awesome.

      Serpico, you’re just a prototypical left-wing nutcase who thinks criminals deserve a hug and that call cops are out of line. Know who else thinks like that? A criminal. Oh and BTW, the law doesn’t require you to run away from harm. That’s just what you chose to do because you’re a spineless sheep. The law says (and always has said) that if you’re in eminent danger of losing your life, or of great bodily harm, you can use deadly force. Try looking up MN Statutes 609.065 and 609.06 before you shoot your mouth off…

      1. Haywood is the man! says:


        First of all you owe me a cup of Tide and a cup of fabric softener to wash out the pop I just spit out on my shirt and pants.

        Second of all this is the best comment bar none that I have ever seen on this site. You hit the nail on the head, handled it very proffesionally, and made a great point.

        You Sir, are my hero.

        Thank you!!

    2. MN Cop says:

      @ Serpico

      The answer is NO. If you have a gun in your hand while I am dealing with you I am going to shoot at you. If you have a gun in your waste band and you go for it I am going to shoot at you. I am not going to ask you any questions. I am not going to beg you to put the gun down. This is not TV. This is real. If you and I were 20 feet apart and I had my gun pointed at the ground and you had yours pointed directly at me. I would get at least one round off before you realized I had moved. It happens that fast. I will be pulling the trigger AS I am telling you to drop the gun. There are no second chances. We cops put ourselves at great risk, we do not take additional risk by treating people like that with kids gloves.

      And the article says that Nosbusch was failed to follow REPEATED commands. To me that officer showed a lot of restraint before pulling the trigger.

      Only one to blame is Nosbusch. Score another one for the good guys.

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