Man arrested on drug charge after barricading himself in Rapid City home

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The latest on a man barricaded in a home on East Main Street.


Photo Courtesy: Rapid City Police Department 


10:55 a.m.

Police have arrested Varden James Flood, 27, for felony possession of a controlled substance. Other charges are possible pending a search of the house where he barricaded himself.

The search for Flood began several weeks ago. He had a warrant out for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

Police believed they knew where Flood was after a tip Wednesday night, so they set up surveillance on the house, located in the 200 block of East Main Street. 


Photo Courtesy: Rapid City Police Department 

After seeing a car pull away from the home Thursday morning, police stopped the driver. The driver confirmed that Flood was in the house, so police set up a loose perimeter, waiting for Flood to walk out on his own.

The escalated response was due to Flood's "violent history." Flood's rap sheet includes drug charges and domestic violence- and assault-based charges. Based on that, police believed Flood was possibly armed. 

So with the suspicion of a gun, a knowledge of Flood's violent history, and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology located nearby, police believed their heightened response was necessary.

Members of the Rapid City Police Department/Pennington County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team made contact with Flood, but he wouldn't come out of the house. However, everyone else inside came out on their own.

Flood instead climbed onto the roof through the second floor window. After staying on the roof for a while, he apparently told police he'd go back inside, get his shoes on, and come out. That was a lie. He went back inside through the window and stayed there.

When Flood finally came out, he was not armed.

According to police, Flood was staying at the house but did not live there.

The School of Mines made the decision to not shut down the school, feeling comfortable with law enforcement's control of the situation.

Other responding agencies include: South Dakota Highway Patrol, Emergency Communication Services Center, ATF, Narcotics Enforcement.

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10:15 a.m.

Police have surrounded a residence near the intersection of Maple Avenue and East Main Street where a lone warrant subject is believed to be barricaded inside.

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The information on the subject's whereabouts was provided to police during a traffic stop earlier in the morning. The warrant subject is known to have a history with weapons. The special response team has been called in. Maple Avenue and Elm Avenue have been closed off as well as East Main Street.

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9:55 a.m. 

Suspect is in custody. 

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9:20 a.m.

Rapid City Police say that they are trying to deal with situation in a safe and timely manner. No arrests have been made at this time.

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