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Standoff ends with suspects in custody, neighbors relieved

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It was a chaotic scene in central Sioux Falls Wednesday night into Thursday morning but a nearly 8-hour standoff has ended peacefully with two men in custody and neighbors happy to be back in their homes.

Derek Jordan Arapahoe, 25, was wanted on felony drug charges and led police to a home along South Jefferson Avenue with a warrant for his arrest. However, police say Arapahoe fled that home and entered a duplex on South Western Avenue where he managed to get inside and stay for hours.

That's what began a standoff around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. At that point, members of the SWAT team and Sioux Falls Police made a perimeter around the home and evacuated neighbors. Members of the Red Cross were on-hand with blankets and pillows, offering shelter at their West Avenue location for those who need it. They provided water, coffee and snacks to police and about a dozen displaced neighbors. With the length of the standoff, some people utilized their shelter along until 2:00 a.m. when the standoff came to an end. 

The first man was taken into custody just before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, however, there are limited details about him at this time. 

Officers believe Arapahoe was inside with possibly one or more guns in his possession. They used "flash bangs" or non-lethal explosives to disorient Arapahoe. He surrendered without incident just before 2:00 a.m.

"Are you kidding it's pretty wild. It's never happened to me before. It's kind of cool looking at the tank down here. It's a big inconvenience. There's a lot of people behind you and there lined up all over the place, and it's just wild, I've never had it happen down here on right out on Western... just out of the blue," neighbor Keith Gabel said. 

Arapahoe is behind bars in Minnehaha County facing charges of drug possession. He is on Minnehaha County's "Most Wanted Fugitives" list. Sioux Falls Police say more charges are pending. 

Stay with KSFY News as we continue to follow these developments on-air and online. 

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