A man charged in connection with a police standoff in Rapid City allegedly assaulted his wife with a metal detector.
His various charges stem from an incident that reportedly began around 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday as a domestic dispute at a Rapid City home.
Responding police learned that a distraught man was in the home and that a woman had been assaulted.
Emergency personnel found the woman walking near the town school and she was sent to hospital.
Meanwhile, the man remained in the home and police determined that he may have access to firearms.
The school and 10 homes were evacuated as police cordoned off the area.
The incident ended peacefully with the arrest of a suspect around 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
Grant Andrew Lapierre, 34, is charged with assault with a weapon — a metal detector.
He’s also charged with careless use of a firearm which is specified in court documents as a shotgun.
A third count accuses him of possession of a weapon (a shotgun) for a dangerous purpose.
Lapierre made a brief appearance in custody in Brandon court on Monday and represented himself.
He didn’t exercise an option to apply for bail at this point, and indicated his intent to plead not guilty to all of the charges.
“I’ll just sit in jail until you guys are ready to deal with it, I guess,” Lapierre told Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta at one point.
No details of what happened were shared in court, but Crown attorney Grant Hughes told court that he has concerns about Lapierre’s mental health.
Hughes said he understands that Lapierre had been admitted to the Centre for Adult Psychiatry as a result of the Rapid City incident.
Hewitt-Michta set Lapierre’s next court date for a week away, March 4, to give him a chance to weigh his legal options.
“Okey dokey,” responded Lapierre, who remains in custody.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 26, 2013