Minnehaha County Sheriff's deputies and South Dakota Highway Patrol were involved in a stand-off just south of Dell Rapids for nearly four hours.
One of Minnehaha County's Most Wanted, 20-year-old Tahlen Bourassa, was wanted on felony charges for grand larceny and ingesting a controlled substance. According to Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead, deputies were able to track down Bourassa in his car around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, but he fled from the officers and disappeared.
A tip call from a Dell Rapids resident led deputies to a business just south of the city where Bourassa was hiding. He refused to turn himself in to police, saying that he had a gun and access to more weapons. Soon after he made that announcement to officers, a stand-off began. First responders and a mobile crisis unit were sent to the scene, and negotiators were able to quickly establish an open line of communication with Bourassa. At one point during the negotiations, Bourassa returned to his vehicle, leading officers to believe he would try to flee the area. All exits were soon blocked off with road spikes to prevent escape. A South Dakota Highway Patrol Copter unit circled the scene just in case Bourassa was able to escape the road blocks. After talking with Bourassa, officers were able to determine that he didn't have a gun in his possession, only a pipe and a knife.
Around 9:00 p.m, Bourassa surrendered himself to authorities, and after a quick reunion with his family, he was sent to a medical facility for a psychiatric evaluation.
Milstead says Bourassa will face charges related to Wednesday's actions first, and then face the consequences related to his felony warrants.