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Molotov Cocktail thrown at SWAT vehicle during standoff

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Charges have been filed after a nine hour stand-off between a Sioux Falls SWAT team and 38-year-old Johnny Jay Thomas. 

At about 12:50 a.m. Friday morning, police officers received a call of a man with a gun who wanted to hurt himself at 1814 E 3rd street. 

Police officers were on the scene right away; at 2:30 a.m. the SWAT team and negotiators came to the address to try and get Thomas out of the house and out of danger.  

The situation escalated around 9:00 a.m. when Thomas made a Molotov cocktail and threw it at the SWAT team's rescue vehicle.  The device did not ignite. 

During the stand off, Thomas also pointed a rifle at SWAT officers several times.   

Neighbors in the area said they could see and hear much of the negotiations as early as four in the morning.  

"I had my window open and I could see things going on, I could hear him hollering back and forth to the negotiator, obscenities, you could hear him and see him throwing things out the window," said neighbor Dawn Dossett.  

Her sister, Kristina Dossett, came to the area just after 7:00 a.m. and captured much of the standoff on her phone.  

"I've never seen anything like it ever, except on TV," said Kristina Dossett.  

"You could hear a series of loud booms and then smoke coming out the window and it was shortly after that he came running out and got down on the ground and surrendered I guess," said Dawn Dossett.  

Residents in the area were not evacuated from their homes, but they were kept away from the scene for their safety. 

Around 9:15 a.m. the SWAT team shot pepper spray into the house and Thomas came out shortly after.   

Police officer Sam Clemens said the SWAT team rarely has to use pepper spray in negotiation situations; it was used in this case to protect SWAT teams from Thomas's threats and actions. 

A search warrant was issued after his arrest and a one-pot meth lab was found in the house.  

Thomas is currently in custody at the Minnehaha County Jail and is awaiting a mental health evaluation.   

He was charged with nine counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, manufacturing of a controlled substance, and violating a drug free zone.

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