BOX ELDER, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The suspect in a morning shooting that turned into a standoff in Box Elder has been arrested. He is Justin Grant Littrell, 31, from Yankton.
(photo courtesy Pennington County Sheriff's Office)
Littrell potentially faces attempted murder, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, and other firearm charges. Littrell has outstanding warrants for driving under the influence, second degree burglary and grand theft and is a parole absconder.
The incident began around 9:30 a.m. when Box Elder police were on a call in a neighborhood off of South Ellsworth Drive.
Littrell reportedly shot at the police and they returned fire in what was described as a "gunfight," according to Capt. Tony Harrison of the Pennington County Sheriff's Office
Littrell was able to run away but Box Elder police were able to keep him contained in an area that had two to four homes. He got into a backyard and briefly took two people hostage. One was able to escape right away and the other person got free a while later.
When Littrell got into a home, the area was cordoned off and the special response team was called in.
The standoff continued until about the noon hour when Littrell was arrested.
Police reportedly have traded shots with a suspect in a Box Elder neighborhood Tuesday morning.
Information on the ongoing incident is vague at this time. What we know is that the incident is on Freude Lane, which is off of South Ellsworth Road, in a neighborhood of single family homes.
Police have a home cordoned off. We cannot confirm if there is anyone else in the home other than the suspect; although neighbors say there are hostages.
We will update this story when we can confirm details.