New details emerge on Tuesday’s armed robbery, pursuit
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Police Department has released further details on Tuesday’s armed robbery and subsequent pursuit that ended in a fatal standoff in Custer.
According to RCPD spokesman Brendyn Medina, shortly after 3:00 p.m. on February 11th, the Rapid City Police Department responded to a report of an alarm at the Boyds Pharmacy on East St Patrick Street.
On arrival, officers made contact with witnesses who said an unknown male suspect approached the pharmacy counter, brandished a firearm and demanded prescription medication. Staff at the business complied, and the suspect left the business.
Witnesses were able to provide police with a suspect vehicle description and a license plate number. This information was shared to neighboring law enforcement agencies.
Shortly after 3:45 p.m., a Deputy of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle southbound on U.S. Highway 16/385 north of Custer. A traffic stop was initiated but the vehicle did not stop.
Deputies pursued the vehicle south into Custer where a tactical vehicle intervention was successfully made to bring the vehicle to a stop in the area of Mount Rushmore Road and North 2nd Street.
Law enforcement surrounded the vehicle, and observed the suspect driver holding a firearm to their person. For more than three hours, law enforcement attempted to negotiate with the suspect in an attempt to bring the incident to a peaceful resolution.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m., the man fired the gun on himself. Emergency first aid services were rendered, and the man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The man’s identification is being withheld until proper notification of next-of-kin can be made.
The investigations into the robbery and subsequent pursuit and standoff are active and ongoing.