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Neighbor Talks About SF Standoff

May 8, 2014, 7:41 AM by Brittany Larson

Neighbor Talks About SF Standoff

A standoff in central Sioux Falls ends peacefully after the suspect surrendered.

Derek Arapahoe, 25, is in custody this morning after a nearly eight-hour standoff with the Sioux Falls Police Department.

Law enforcement received information that Arapahoe, wanted on felony drug charges, was located at an address on South Jefferson Avenue.

According to a press release, authorities say they received credible information that the individual was known to be armed with more than one weapon and that he had made threats toward law enforcement.

While authorities were watching the residence, Arapahoe fled the scene heading in a northeasterly direction. He was observed entering a residence at 513 South Western Avenue and a perimeter was quickly established around the residence. 

Given the suspect's threats and the information that he was armed, the Emergency Response Teams of the Sioux Falls Police Department were activated. The standoff situation started around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Authorities tried numerous ways to negotiate with Arapahoe and tried to get him out with two flash bangs and a K-9 unit.

He surrendered himself around 1:50 a.m.

Authorities say residents that live in nearby were asked to evacuate their homes. They were able to take advantage of temporary shelter and went to the Red Cross office. Shortly after the scene was declared safe they were able to return home. James Reed is a resident that lives nearby and says his neighborhood is usually pretty quiet and that all of this activity came as a big surprise.

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