Huron man threatens officers with hammer, receives multiple charges

HURON, S.D. — Officers of the Huron PD responded to a call reporting a suspicious male, upon arrival he threatened officers and a brief struggle ensued.

At about 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, officers received a call from a local security company stating they had located a suspicious male at the Tamarac Apartment Complex during a routine check of the premises. They stated that the male was not a resident and was not authorized to be there.

Upon arrival, the officers encountered a male who although falsely identified himself as “Gary,” the officers immediately recognized the man as Eric Virrueta. Virrueta then pulled a hammer out of his coat and a brief struggle ensued. A Taser was then deployed, the officers were able to gain control of Virrueta and placed him under arrest.

According to Captain Casey Spinsby of Huron Police Department, a search of Virrueta yielded a plastic bag that contained approximately 5.75 ounces of methamphetamine, several used syringes, and a digital scale.

Eric Virrueta is being charged with the following: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of 2 oz. or less of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Drug or Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute in a Drug Free Zone, Impersonation with Intent to Deceive Law Enforcement, Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting Arrest.


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