Police arrest Rapid City man following gun scare at Rushmore Mall

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The man who caused a panic at Rushmore Mall Sunday evening ended up not having a gun.

Kenneth Woods was arrested following a gun scare at Rushmore Mall. (KOTA TV)

Kenneth Woods, 48 of Rapid City, was arrested and charged with obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, and an existing warrant.

Rapid City Police and Rapid City Fire Department were called to the mall after multiple people reported there was a man with a gun. When police arrived on the scene, they were pointed to the suspect; Woods, in the mall’s south parking lot.

Woods, police said, was extremely agitated and at first refused to comply with officer commands. However, he did calm down and was detained without trouble.

While there were several reports that Woods had a gun, police did not find one in their search of Woods or his car. They did find a syringe and baggie; both testing positive for methamphetamine.

Police said Woods is not facing any charges related to the mall incident because the reported gun was not located. However, the investigation is still ongoing and that is subject to change.