The use of deadly force by a sheriff's deputy May 20 was justified and he will not be charged in the death of Nikki Jo Burtsfield.
Cpl. Scott Appley fired two shots, hitting Burtsfield twice, according to a press release from Campbell County Attorney Ronald E. Wirthwein Jr.
Earlier reports indicated that deputies used a stun gun to subdue Burtsfield, who approached officers with a knife. New information relleased by Wirthwein says that multiple Tasers were fired multiple times at Burtsfield.
Investigators speculated that the electrical charges didn't work because Burtsfield was wearing heavy cloths at the time, the report says.
Burtsfield also had a potentially fatal dose of methamphetamine in her system at the time, the report says.
The incident began when Burtsfield’s black Chevy Avalanche was seen trespassing by a Dry Fork mine employee at about 11:30 p.m. May 20.
She was alone in the Avalanche, and when sheriff’s deputies approached Burtsfield’s truck, she fled, leading them on a high-speed chase. Deputies used spike strips to deflate her tires, bringing her truck to a halt on Garner Lake Road near Vaquero Drive in eastern Gillette.
Deputies ordered Burtsfield from the vehicle and when she got out, she began to advance on the deputies with the knife, according to the press release.
She was verbally commanded by deputies to drop the knife and did not. Deputies attempted to subdue Burtsfield with Tasers. It didn’t stop her and Burtsfield was shot and killed.
Deputies performed first aid, but Burtsfield died at the scene, the release says.
Wirthwein also released a photo of the knife Burtsfield had. It is almost 12 inches in length and has an intricate, dragon design on both the handle and the blade.