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Yankton man pleads not guilty in Box Elder standoff

September 26, 2018

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) — A Yankton man accused of shooting at a police officer and briefly taking hostages at gunpoint in Box Elder has pleaded not guilty to 22 felony charges including attempted murder and drug possession.

Thirty-one-year-old Justin Littrell was arrested Aug. 14 after a three-hour standoff. The Rapid City Journal reports he could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

The incident began with police responding to a report of a suspicious person. Littrell allegedly shot at officers, fled into a nearby yard and took two people hostage, then fled again when police closed in and entered a home occupied by a 10-year-old girl. No one was hurt.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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