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The Box Elder Police Department says it was not an active shooter event and the only people in direct danger were responding law enforcement and emergency services. (Photo by Bella Hernandez)

“Suicide by Cop” Threat Kept Under Control By Police

BOX ELDER, S.D. – A suspect calling law enforcement stating he wanted to commit suicide and specifically “suicide by cop” brought the BEPD (Box Elder Police Department) on scene within five minutes from the initial call to a location  at Antelope Ridge, a subdivision north of Rapid City, S.D.

The suspect, James Edward Brown, is a Mountain States security guard on contract to Antelope Ridge, and was in a company vehicle at the time of the incident.  However, it is unclear if he was “on duty” status.

BEPD established and maintained the incident that occurred February 28, 2024, to a confined space at the playground area on Centennial.

During the approximately hour-long standoff, multiple agencies and officers arrived to assist the Box Elder PD. Traffic was also closed during this time for public safety.

Brown fired multiple shots from his handgun in the air from the vehicle he was in during the standoff placing only himself and officers in immediate danger. According to police, at no time was this situation an “active shooter” event and the nature of the call was reasonably clear from the start.

Brown was eventually taken into custody without injury to him or any other party. He has been charged with:
• Reckless Discharge of a Fire Arm
• DUI 1
• Resisting Arrest
• Possession of Loaded Firearm while Intoxicated

Law enforcement recovered eight spent shell casings and three live rounds along with Brown’s handgun.

The successful resolution underscores the importance of a coordinated approach in managing mental health crises, highlighting the professionalism and dedication of law enforcement and
first responders.

The City of Box Elder extends gratitude to all agencies involved for their commitment to public safety and effective collaboration during the incident. Pennington County Sheriff’s Department, Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Rapid City Fire Department and Box Elder Fire Department for their assistance in resolving the matter.

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