Mott, ND – A deputy involved in a fatal shooting at Mott-Regent Public School on April 21, 2022 has been determined by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation to be a direct result of the deceased, “having fully l ‘intent to engage in confrontation’.
The incident began when Deputy Jedediah Kohler of the Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call sent from Mott-Regent Public School at around 3 p.m. on April 21, 2022. The call sent concerned a dispute regarding the custody of a child.
According to documents obtained by The Dickinson Press, Kohler discharged his taser twice during an altercation with Glover inside the school before the two got into a physical confrontation inside. school.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has launched an investigation into Glover’s shooting death, citing the incident was the result of a disagreement over custody rights.
According to the report, during the struggle Kohler nearly lost consciousness when Glover began to choke him. Kohler pulled out his department-issued firearm and fired a bullet at Glover in order to protect himself and innocent bystanders in the building. Glover was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Sarah Warner said she agreed with the findings of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations that found no wrongdoing on the part of the deputy involved, noting that he exercised all de-escalation and lesser force options before unloading his weapon.
The Hettinger County Sheriff’s Office initially declined to release the deputy’s name, citing Marsy’s law victim protection, but the deputy was identified in documents obtained and later by Warner in an interview with The Press.
According to investigative records, Glover and his wife were separated for a period of a year at the time of the incident and did not have a court order or legal parental consent stating the times and dates that both had for their children.
Witness audio files received by The Press corroborate Kohler’s statements about the timeline of the incident and allege that Glover was “combative” and threatened to kill his estranged wife if she left with their child.
When he arrived, the deputy tried to defuse the tension by asking Glover to leave the premises to speak – which he refused to do.
In the common area of the school, the deputy attempted to gain compliance from Glover, discharging his taser, a non-lethal device used to render a combative or callous subject into compliance, and temporarily took control of the situation. Kohler was able to place one of Glover’s hands behind his back before Glover began to get back to his feet. Kohler discharged his taser again with no effect, according to the obtained documents.
Glover verbally threatened to kill Kohler, taking “several blows with closed fists” and pushing him against a nearby wall according to witnesses, before the two men fell to the ground and began struggling.
It was in this exchange of takes that Kohler reports that he lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, Glover was on top of him straddling him and attempting to remove a knife attached to the deputy’s tactical vest.
According to the report, the deputy “believing he was screwed, pulled out his handgun and fired a bullet at Glover.”
A BCI memo concluded that the deceased “went to this fight with the intention of initiating a confrontation with, at least, his ex-wife” and “was oblivious” to his surroundings and the children who were out of class at the time. .
After the fatal shooting, Kohler immediately began unsuccessful rescue measures on Glover through CPR and the use of a wall-mounted defibrillator.
Warner, in a statement to the press, said: “After an exhaustive review of the evidence presented by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation to the Hettinger County State’s Attorney’s Office, the facts show that the measures taken by the Deputy on April 21, 2022 were warranted and no criminal charges can be filed.”
She added that a separate and concurrent investigation into agency policy and procedures found no wrongdoing.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation report concluded, “This unfortunate event, caused solely by Mr. Glover, leaves absolutely no doubt that Deputy Jedediah Kohler acted, at all times, with restraint. and has exhausted all reasonable and necessary means of force at its disposal. on April 21 before discharging his firearm at Mr. Glover,”
Adding: “As Mr Glover was the only person involved in criminal activity at the school that day and he is deceased, rendering the matter moot, I am closing this case as a closed case, no charges has been filed.”