ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An Aberdeen man who was shot twice by a police officer in 2016 has been convicted of felony aggravated assault and drug possession.
Authorities said Officer Ty Reinke shot 23-year-old Ehkhu Poe in the chest and arm after Poe had threatened some family members and charged the officer with a knife in August 2016. A state Division of Criminal Investigation probe determined that Reinke was justified in shooting Poe.
Poe pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The Aberdeen American News report that a judge convicted him Tuesday. The next phase of the trial later this year will determine if Poe was sane at the time of the crime and can be sentenced to prison. He could face up to 30 years behind bars.