NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (KCAU) – A former North Sioux City police officer been charged after authorities say he admitted to shooting a cat owned by a North Sioux City resident.
KCAU-TV reports 34-year-old Derek McIntosh has been charged with one count of killing or injuring the animal of another.
The charges were filed on Wednesday afternoon in Union County Court.
Authorities say that the investigation began following a conversation McIntosh had with a resident on Alcoma Drive in North Sioux City on May 8th while he was investigating the theft of an animal trap. While there, the resident asked McIntosh about the location of his missing cat. McIntosh allegedly told the resident that the department moved stray cats to the cemetery in North Sioux City.
Court documents say that the following day, Capt. Dustin Sharkey with the North Sioux City Police Department filed a report following a conversation he had with Officer Stephanie Ryan. Sharkey claimed that she told Ryan that he was heading over to the residence on Alcoma drive to pick up a cat that was in a trap. Ryan reportedly told Sharkey that he "just saved that cat's life." Ryan told Sharkey that she had heard from Officer Andrew Ryan that McIntosh had been taking the cats that were caught in live traps out to the cemetery and shooting them.
Sharkey then questioned Officer Andrew Ryan about the cats. Documents say that Officer Andrew Ryan told Sharkey that he had talked with McIntosh about the missing cat from the Alcoma Drive area and that McIntosh had admitted to shooting the animal. During the conversation, Ryan said that he got the impression that this wasn't the first cat McIntosh had killed.
Following those reports, Sharkey and North Sioux Police Chief Rich Headid went to the cemetery and located the bodies of two cats and discovered a pair of purple medical gloves similar to those used by the North Sioux Police Department.
According to court documents, Chief Headid then contacted North Sioux City Administrator Ted Cherry and told him about the situation with Officer McIntosh. Cherry, Headid, and Mayor Randy Fredrickson then met with McIntosh after he came in to work that afternoon. During that meeting, McIntosh allegedly admitted to killing the cat from Alcoma Drive and several others.
McIntosh was placed on paid administrative leave following that meeting on May 9. On May 12, City Administrator Ted Cherry announced that McIntosh was no longer employed with the North Sioux City Police Department. It is unclear whether McIntosh was fired or resigned.
Killing or injuring the animal of another is a Class 1 Misdemeanor in the state of South Dakota, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
McIntosh previously ran for Sheriff in 2018, losing to incumbent Dan Limoges.