It was Friday night when Pierre Law Enforcement responded to a report of a suicidal eight-year-old girl.
According to Police Chief Bob Grandpre, the girl was holding a knife to her chest. She refused to drop it and pointed it towards the police officer -- that's when an officer on the scene used a taser on the little girl.
As you can imagine, her father has a lot of questions..
"It's my daughter you know. It's my little baby." said Bobby Jones, father of the tasered girl.
Jones was in disbelief when he learned his little girl was tasered by one of the three officers present that night.
What he doesn't understand is why those officers, one a hostage negotiator and another a taser instructor, felt it was necessary to use such excessive force on an eight-year-old child.
"I don't fault for the police being there because they were called there but what happened while they were there is why I'm upset," said Jones.
The Pierre Police Chief said the incident happened in about three minutes and the officers had to make a split-second decision in order to protect the child and everyone else in the room.
"I believe the officers made the right decision under the circumstances here. I believe they might have possibly saved this girl's life," said Chief Grandpre.
Chief Grandpre said in the past two years, his officers have used taser guns nine times, Jones' daughter being the youngest.
"All I want people to know is that I don't think eight-year-olds should be tased anywhere in the world," said Jones.
Chief Grandpre said that the department is doing an internal review and thinks it is important to have an outside agency review the incident as well to get an objective look.