WAGNER, S.D. — The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating an incident outside a Wagner nursing home after an excessive police force claim from the family of a Yankton Sioux elder who had rushed there to see his dying mother.

The tribal government in a statement condemned what it says was the use of physical force and a stun gun to subdue 64-year-old Ray Cournoyer Sr. early Sunday.

Cournoyer told the Argus Leader he was in shock and didn’t pull over for authorities.

The incident outside the nursing home involved a Highway Patrol trooper and a Wagner police officer.

The Wagner Police Department referred questions to the city attorney, who didn’t immediately comment to the Argus Leader. The Highway Patrol in a statement said the trooper’s actions were professional and within agency policy.


Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com