Man arrested after standoff
Published: Thursday, June 12th, 2014
A local man who entered the home of his estranged wife and refused to leave was arrested without incident after a four-and-a-half- hour standoff with law enforcement last Sunday in Woodland Meadows.
Louis Goodshield, 25, formerly of Custer and now of Rapid City, was charged with violating a temporary protection order and for failing to vacate and was taken to Pennington Countyâï¿½ï¿½Jail Sunday afternoon.
The incident started Sunday morning at around 10 a.m., when Goodshield was asked to leave the residence of the individual who had the temporary restraining order against him. When he refused, the person contacted law enforcement. Law enforcement officials said his estranged wife allowed him into the house initially so he could see his children. Goodshield had been at the home almost 24 hours before law enforcement was called.
“He made a comment to her that he wasn’t going to leave, that we were either going to have to drag him out or shoot him,”âï¿½ï¿½Lt. Steve McMillin of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office said.
Law enforcement re-sponded and set up a perimeter around the area and asked neighbors to either leave or stay inside until the situation was resolved. Law enforcement made contact with Goodshield both over the phone and through the door and walls of the home, but he insisted that law enforcement come in and get him.
“He was saying, ‘Come in and get me. Do what you do best. I’m not coming out,’”âï¿½ï¿½McMillin said.
Goodshield’s estranged wife and the two children were at the sheriff’s department as the scene unfolded. His wife informed law enforcement there were no guns in the home, but they still took the utmost precaution, as other weapons could have been present.
“We didn’t believe he had a gun, but without knowing without a doubt, it’s still a possibility,”âï¿½ï¿½McMillin said.
Along with the Custer County Sheriff’s Depart-ment, the U.S. Forest Service, Custer Ambulance Service, Custer State Park law enforcement, Wind Cave National Park law enforcement, South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation with a negotiator and a Special Response Team with two armored vehicles from the Highway Patrol responded.
At about 2:30 p.m., after “intense negotiations,”âï¿½ï¿½Goodshield surrendered to law enforcement.
McMillin said because Goodshield wasn’t committing a felony, didn’t have a hostage and wasn’t threatening to hurt himself, it was important law enforcement exhaust all options to end the situation peacefully before entering the home forcefully. McMillin said Goodshield was not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident. No one was injured during the standoff.
Sheriff Rick Wheeler was grateful for all of the assistance, which he credited with ensuring the situation ended peacefully.
“This took a lot of time and manpower to resolve, but no one was hurt and that is the result we always look for,”âï¿½ï¿½he said. “It had a good ending.”
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