(SD)-Flash-Bang, Tear Gas End RC Standoff
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police say a man who fired gunshots while an officer was doing a welfare check at a residence New Year's morning eventually surrendered after a long standoff.
No one was injured and police ended the situation peacefully but not before traffic on major streets was shut down for about 4 hours.
Assistant Police Chief Don Hedrick says the incident began a little after 9:00 when the family of 30-year-old Jordan Wounded Face of Rapid City called police to say he was making scary statements and they were worried.
When an officer approached Wounded Face's home to try to make contact about 9:30, Wounded Face fired 2 shots at him through an open window. The officer backed up, took cover and called for help.
Law enforcement evacuated the neighbors and established a perimeter. The Rapid City and Pennington County Special Response Team was called in and arrived with its armored vehicle, joining more than a dozen police cars on the scene.
Hedrick says the team was requested to help keep the situation safe with the main goal of talking Wounded Face out and getting him the help he needs.
Additional shots were fired from the house about 11:30 and 12:30 with police estimating some 30 shots were fired all together.
When lengthy negotiations failed to bring about a surrender, the Special Response Team used a flash-bang grenade and tear gas that led Wounded Face to give up around 1: 20. Hedrick says the fact that no one was hurt made it the "best possible outcome" he could have hoped for.
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