Police: Weapons, Possibility Of Extra People Prompted Viaduct Shutdown

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There’s more details about what lead up to a search warrant that closed off an area near downtown Sioux Falls Thursday morning. 

Police say it started when a woman called authorities, saying her boyfriend threatened her with a gun and then strangled and kicked her on Wednesday. A warrant was then issued for Larry Wayne Moss. He was arrested a short time later.

During their investigation — police learned Moss allegedly had drugs and weapons in three trailers along the 200 block of South Franklin Avenue. That prompted police and SWAT teams to close off the area.

“Because the weapons were there and the possibility that other people may have been in the different trailers, the SWAT teams from the police department and the sheriff’s office came in,” Sioux Falls Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said. “That’s, I want to say, fairly standard. Any time that there’s a chance that there could be problems or somebody has access to weapons it’s more of a precautionary measure that they’re brought in to make sure that everybody is safe.”

Authorities have not said yet if any drugs or weapons were found in the trailers. Moss is in custody on charges of Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault.

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