Police make arrest in weekend shooting report

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- One person has been arrested after a weekend shooting incident in an Aberdeen home.

Police were called to an apartment complex in reference to a shooting shortly before midnight on Friday, according to a news release from the Aberdeen Police Department.

The location of the apartment was not included in the news release, but police department Capt. Tanner Jondahl confirmed the shooting was in the southeast part of Aberdeen. According to the call log from the Brown County Communications Center, a shots fired report was made shortly before midnight from the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

The police department thanked Trinity Lutheran Church on South Dakota Street for use of its facility while police responded to the incident, but Jondahl said the church was not near the shooting.

There was a large law enforcement presence in the police parking lot Saturday morning.

Upon arrival at the apartment, officers were told an individual who was known to the victim fired a handgun at the victim, per the release. Jondahl said the victim was not injured. Police said they found evidence at the apartment that indicated there had been a shooting and began searching for the person who fired the gun.

That search, according to the release, included not only an Aberdeen home, but also involved law enforcement in North Dakota and Montana, as officers were later told the person they were searching for might have left Aberdeen for southwestern North Dakota or eastern Montana.

The person arrested is facing a charge of felony aggravated assault, according to Jondahl, and additional charges are being considered by the Brown County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Police found the suspect at 1 p.m. Saturday. The release does not indicate where that person was found, but notes the suspect will be extradited back to Aberdeen to make an appearance in court.

The name of the person is not being released until after an initial appearance. Jondahl said the timing of the appearance will depend on how long the extradition process takes.