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Police Arrest South Dakota Ex-Mayor For Alleged Murder Of 3 People

Crime scene tape blocks the Fairfax, Va., office building where police say a man wielding a baseball bat attacked two staffers for U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., on Monday, May 15, 2023. Fairfax City Police in northern Virginia said in a tweet that a suspect is in custody and the victims are being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced on Tuesday that law enforcement has arrested a former mayor in connection with a triple murder.

Former Centerville Mayor Jay Ostrem, 64, is being held on a $1 million bond in the Minnehaha County Jail, according to a press release. Ostrem, 64, was arrested Monday evening at a residence in the small town.

“Jay Ostrem has been arrested and charged with three counts of First Degree murder, and law enforcement has secured the scene,” Jackley said in the press release. “There is no further threat to the public.”

Ostrem had served as a police officer before becoming mayor, according to the Argus Leader, a local news outlet.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a call that night from an individual named Zach Frankus who reported that there was a shooting, according to the court documents obtained by the Argus Leader.

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