It was a dramatic evening in Pierre Thursday, as police engaged in a nine-hour standoff with a man federal agents sought for questioning.
Thursday afternoon, police surrounded a mobile home park along Euclid between 5th and 6th streets, where law enforcement officers believed Jason Todd Garreau, 27, was hiding.
Garreau, an Eagle Butte resident, was arrested early Friday morning after barricading himself in a residence and firing several shots at law enforcement, striking one officer. Pierre police said the officer was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
"It's a scary situation, and I'm sure a lot of people are relieved to know that it's over," Pierre resident Sally Bunt said. "You never think that it's going to happen in your neighborhood."
Residents of the Pierre trailer court were evacuated around 3 p.m. when police learned that Garreau had a weapon, but that didn't stop residents from watching and waiting together for answers.
"We are a close-knit community," Bunt said. "When stuff happens here, you want to come out and check stuff out."
Garreau was wanted as part of an ongoing federal investigation into a fatal shooting Wednesday near Fort Thompson. He's being held in the Hughes County Jail on a federal detainer and further charges are pending. A joint investigation involving federal and state authorities is ongoing.
The following agencies were involved in the apprehension: Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshall Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Pierre Police Department and Hughes County Sheriff's Office.
The Oahe Chapter of the American Red Cross offered shelter to 30 people who were evacuated from their homes during the standoff. They were allowed to return to their homes about 2 a.m. Friday.
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