Downtown Standoff Involving Parolee Ends Peacefully
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Rapid City parolee is in custody tonight after a two and a half hour long stand off ended peacefully.
43-year-old Jeremy Hoeft told police he was armed, and that he had an explosive device in his car. The Sioux Falls bomb squad is searching Hoeft’s car to see if there is a weapon. Police believe the weapon could be a knife.
Police originally got the call around 1 p.m. asking if they could check in on a parolee who failed to report to their parole conditions. An hour later, around 2 p.m., police found Hoeft in a car on the North side of the Downtown Library.
That’s where the heavy police presence was all afternoon, including multiple SWAT units, and even a sniper.
The library was evacuated and police blocked off both Main and Dakota Avenue from 6th Street to 8th Street as a precautionary measure.
Hoeft eventually came out with his hands in the air.
“The negotiators did a fantastic job, it took a couple of hours. Around 4:30 p.m. the man ended up surrendering peacefully at this point we don’t have any additional charges.” said officer Sam Clemens.
Police say Hoeft hasn’t been in contact with his parole supervisor for a couple of months, but they do not know why he was on parole in the first place at this time.
When police spotted him in the car, they say he was with a friend, but that person left right away. While Hoeft stayed in the car police say the other person had no clue law enforcement was looking for him.
Police is now opening Dakota and Main Avenue back up.