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Mitchell Police respond to gunshot, one man in custody

No charges are pending at this time.

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Police in Mitchell hold a perimeter at Second Avenue and Kittridge Street with a shotgun and rifle after an "individual in crisis" fired a shot out of a window. (Hunter Dunteman / Republic)

Police in Mitchell have placed one man into protective custody after responding to a report of a gunshot.

Authorities were called to the area of Second Avenue and Hunter Street at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday after someone reported an individual had fired a gunshot out of a window.

Police set up a perimeter as a precautionary measure while they handled the incident.

Lt. Dean Knippling of the Mitchell Police Division called the man who fired the shot "an individual in crisis," noting that the shot didn't appear to be directed at anything in particular.

The man was placed into protective custody, Knippling said, and no charges are pending at this time. There appears to be no danger to the public.

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The incident, which lasted about 10 minutes, took place approximately two blocks from Longfellow Elementary school.

Dr. Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell School District, said that Longfellow was not placed into lockdown, because the situation was resolved by the time the school district received notification.

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Police in Mitchell move toward a house near Second Avenue and Hunter Street with a shotgun and rifle after an "individual in crisis" fired a shot out of a window. (Hunter Dunteman / Republic)

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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