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One dead after hours-long standoff in Rapid City on Tuesday

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 9:35 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - The Rapid City Police Department was called out to Wambli Drive in Lakota Homes Tuesday afternoon after residents called to report that a family member was acting erratically.

According to Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick, they called after a 30-year-old man poured gas on himself and in the home. The subject also began shooting off rounds from a shotgun inside the house.

The special response team evacuated local residents and -- along with the family members who made the initial call -- tried to contact the suspect, with no success.

The nearly four-hour-long standoff came to an end after reports of smoke coming from the house led authorities to believe that the man had become engulfed in flames and died.

“The chances of someone surviving this fire are very low. As a result per protocol, we have reached out to the Front Porch Coalition that has a loss team, it is a team of experts that are able to help family members with suicide and the loss of a family member,” Hedrick said.

Hedrick continued that due to their belief that the individual inside is deceased, they have contacted the Department of Criminal Investigation to give a review of the death.

The state is investigating because someone died during a police response.

The information in this story was last updated at 10:54 p.m. Aug. 11, 2020

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