Box Elder standoff suspect declared a ‘sincere danger to the community’

The latest on court proceedings for Justin Littrell, accused in a hostage/standoff incident in August 2018. CRIME DETAILS


Photo courtesy of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office


Aug. 16

Justin Littrell, 31, is accused of shooting at Box Elder officers, holding people hostage, and engaging in a standoff with police in a home on Aug. 14.

Littrell appeared before 7th Circuit Court Judge Bernie Schuchmann on Thursday, hearing his 17 charges from the incident.

His charges include:

  • One count of attempted murder in the first degree
  • Two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement
  • One count of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute
  • Four counts of burglary in the first degree
  • One count of possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Two counts of kidnapping in the first degree
  • Two counts of attempted kidnapping in the first degree
  • Two counts of aggravated assault
  • One count of a threat of felony terrorism
  • One count of commission of a felony with a firearm

Littrell is being held on a $2 million cash-only bond. The state’s attorney declared him a flight risk and a "sincere danger to the community."

The judge granted the state’s request for a "no contact" order between Littrell and a number of people.

Littrell faces up to life in prison plus 270 years. He will get a preliminary hearing within 15 days. 

Littrell is wanted by Yankton authorities for failing to appear. According to Yankton County Sheriff James Vlahakis, Littrell is a habitual criminal, convicted of grand theft and second-degree burglary.


Photo courtesy of the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office