No charges will be filed after a man died from a Nov. 15 shooting in the parking lot of the Aberdeen Family YMCA.
The Brown County State’s Attorney’s Office announced the decision in a news release issued Friday, Jan. 26.
Donald Heinz, 70, of Aberdeen died as a result of the shooting, which was around 12:15 p.m.
Heinz and another man pulled into the parking lot where Heinz was shot, according to a police report issued the day of the incident. Trenton Milton’s name was not originally released, but he is identified in the news release as the man who fired the shot.
The investigation into the incident is now closed, per the release.
Milton was immediately detained by law enforcement, but was later released without being charged or bond being set. A two-month investigation ensued.
Stand-your-ground law considered during shooting investigation
Brown County State’s Attorney Karly Winter has previously said that, among other things, her office investigated the state’s stand-your-ground law and how it applies to this incident.
Stand-your-ground laws allow people to use deadly force when they reasonably believe it’s necessary to defend themselves against violent crimes. They do not need to retreat before doing so.
Avera St. Luke’s Hospital went on lockdown out of an abundance of caution, according to the initial news release from the Aberdeen Police Department. No security measures were taken at the YMCA or Roncalli’s elementary school as law enforcement determined there wasn’t a security or safety threat.
Other agencies that responded to the shooting included the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Brown County Emergency Management and Aberdeen Fire & Rescue.