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Eagle Butte man involved in Pierre standoff indicted on federal charges

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The Eagle Butte man who engaged in a nine-hour standoff with law enforcement in Pierre Oct. 31 was indicted on federal charges Tuesday, according to court documents.

Jason Todd Garreau, 27, is charged with assault, resisting and impeding federal officers, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and felon in possession of a firearm, according to the indictment.

Garreau was wanted for questioning about the shooting death of his cousin John Garreaux, 24, Oct. 30 north of Ft. Thompson. Garreaux engaged in a chase with law enforcement, which resulted in his death just one week before his 25th birthday. Details on the pursuit have not been released by authorities.

When officers found Garreau at the home of his cousin's ex-girlfriend, he engaged in a standoff, shooting at twelve law enforcement officers from the FBI, Pierre Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Hughes County Sheriff's Office. One officer was hit, but not seriously injured by Garreau during the standoff. Pierre police said the officer injured during the standoff was treated and released at a local hospital.

The indictment says Garreau used both a 9 mm Hi-point handgun and a 12-gauge Benelli shotgun during the hours-long standoff.

Garreau will appear in a Pierre federal court 1:45 p.m. Friday.

While the case proceeds, Garreux's mother still waits for answers, telling KSFY News that the FBI has refused to speak with her about the incidents that led to her son being shot four times.

Note: FBI officials confirmed that John Garreaux and Jason Garreau are the correct spellings of the names.

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