BCA taking over Clarkfield shooting investigation

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday the investigation into the shooting incident in Clarkfield on Tuesday has been passed on to the BCA.

During a meeting between YMC Sheriff Bill Flaten, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the BCA on Thursday, the decision to have the BCA handle the investigation was made because of the multijurisdictional nature of the incident and “to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest,” a news release from the YMC Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident in question took place between DCI agents and the subject of an interview, who eventually produced a handgun that discharged during a struggle. The BCA said Friday the person being interviewed, a 34-year-old woman from Clarkfield, pointed the gun at herself and the gun went off after an officer and the woman engaged in a struggle.

This incident took place as agents from the DCI and a Brookings police officer were conducting an interview related to an ongoing investigation of two sets of human remains which were discovered Nov. 2, 2012, in Deuel County in South Dakota, the BCA said.

The woman has not been charged, and authorities continue to evaluate possible charges. BCA agents have completed initial interviews with the woman and with law enforcement involved in the incident.

The YMC Sheriff’s Office was providing assistance during the interview and the ensuing incident.

No one was injured and no law enforcement discharged their weapons during the altercation.