Armed man arrested at Watertown fire station

February 15, 2022 GMT

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Police in Watertown were called to a downtown fire station early Tuesday on a report of an armed man who appeared to be intoxicated and was threatening to take his own life.

Capt. Steve Rehorst said officers responded about 2:40 a.m. and found the man in the station’s lobby with a pistol. The man was coming out of the station lobby as police arrived.

Rehorst said the man refused officers commands to drop the weapon and threatened to kill himself.

Officers fired bean bag rounds at the man and were able to take him into custody, KWAT reported.

The captain said although the pistol looked like a regular weapon, it turns out that it was an airsoft gun.

The man was taken to a facility where his mental health needs could be address, Rehorst said.

“We are incredibly grateful this incident did not result in serious injury or death to the responding officers, the male, or anyone from the public. Our officers showed great restraint in this high-stress situation, allowing for a successful conclusion,” he said.