Felony warrant suspect arrested after standoff

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A tip at a traffic stop lead police to a felony warrant suspect; sparking a standoff Thursday morning on East Main Street in Rapid City.

The standoff started about 8:30 a.m. when Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputies tried to serve a warrant on Varden James Flood at a home on the 200 block of East Main. Flood reportedly barricaded himself inside the home. Rapid City police and Pennington County deputies then cordoned off part of East Main Street.

Capt. Tony Harrison with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said Flood has a known history of weapons violations, drug offenses and domestic violence so they brought in a special response team.

Other people in the home came out but Flood, according to Harrison, climbed out a window and onto the roof for a while before climbing back into the home. After some time, Flood then surrendered.

Flood was wanted on felony warrants for possession of controlled substances. Other charges now are pending.

It is unknown if Flood had a weapon with him during the standoff. Police were waiting for a search warrant before going through the home.

Original story

Rapid City police and Pennington County deputies are in a standoff Thursday morning with a warrant suspect barricaded in a building on East Main Street.

Police spokesperson Brendyn Medina said that since the suspect is a known weapons offender they are being careful in handling the situation, bringing out the special response team.

The incident began before 8:30 a.m. when law enforcement officers tried to arrest the suspect following a tip.

Police cordoned off a section of East Main near the intersection with Elm Street. Police ask that people avoid the area and find alternate routes.

We will provide more details when we get them.