Authorities Arrest Suspect in Standoff, Hostage Situation in Box Elder

Courtesy: Pennington County Sheriff's Office

BOX ELDER, S.D. – Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old Yankton man after a hostage-standoff situation with law enforcement on Tuesday.

Authorities say on Tuesday morning, 31-year-old Justin Grant Littrell was armed with a handgun when confronted by Box Elder police in the Prairie View Estates neighborhood. They say Littrell shot a police and police returned fire.

Authorities say Littrell ran into a backyard, holding two people at gunpoint for a short time. Hostages were able to get away, and Littrell ran from the scene.

Authorities evacuated the neighborhood as they searched for Littrell. Authorities say they found Littrell’s location at a residence near South Ellsworth Road and Freude Lane, where an 8-year-old girl was present. Authorities were able to help the 8-year-old escape through a second story window.

Authorities say they were able to negotiate with Littrell and resolve the situation peacefully around 12 p.m.

Littrell is facing attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and various firearm-related charges.

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