It was a surprising start to the day after Halloween in Mitchell. Just before 8am Thursday morning, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety was called to a trailer home for a domestic assault. That quickly escalated putting this neighborhood and police on edge.
"I heard gunshots and I had just come home from dropping off my grandson at school and saw the police and before I knew it we were being evacuated." Said Barbara Rothacker.
Police say there was only one gunshot but that prompted them to call in an emergency response team and evacuate three of the neighboring homes and establish a perimeter two blocks in each direction.
"Nothing progressed outside of the trailer home but to be sure we had a handle on the situation we took extra actions." Said Lt. Don Everson.
Nearby Longfellow Elementary School was also put on lockdown. Principal Joe Childs says this was done as a precaution and parents were immediately notified via email. Childs says it really didn't disrupt the school day because they were only on lockdown for about an hour.
The victim was treated for a few cuts and bruises but did not need to go to the hospital. The suspect was later identified as 26-year old TJ Stuckey. Police believe he turned the gun on himself and took his own life after physically assaulting his girlfriend.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol, The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and The Sanborn County Sheriff's Office assisted with the Investigation.