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The death Ostrem was involved in before Centerville

todayMay 29, 2024 6

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The former mayor of Centerville made his first court appearance on murder charges.

Jay Ostrem is accused of shooting and killing three men on Monday night.

Before moving to Centerville, Ostrem spent decades in law enforcement, and during that time court records show he killed at least one man.

Before Jay Ostrem moved to Centerville, he worked for the Gillette, Wyoming Police Department from July of 1982 to December of 2003.

During his time in Gillette, his actions were at the center of two civil lawsuits.

In 1999, a man, who was a suspect in a robbery, filed a lawsuit saying Ostrem used unnecessary force during his arrest.

He claimed Ostrem hit him with an AR assault rifle, and when the two struggled over the rifle, he was hit in the face, causing him to later lose his eye.

In 2001, a woman filed a lawsuit claiming Ostrem used quote “unreasonable, unnecessary, and unjustified” force in the death of her husband.

That case began as a report of domestic abuse.

Police eventually caught up with the suspect in his driveway, where he hit his garage, a patrol car, boat and rammed into the front door of a neighbor’s house.

When the suspect tried to put his pickup back in reverse, court documents say Ostrem fired his entire clip. Then, another officer opened fire. The suspect was shot ten times and died of his injuries.

In both cases, the judge dismissed the claims and Ostrem didn’t have to pay any damages.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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