SIOUX FALLS – A Sioux Falls man is facing a first-degree murder charge after he allegedly shot dead a man he discovered in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, Sioux Falls police were called to an apartment complex in the 1200 block of North Prairie Avenue, about three-quarters of a mile east of the Denny Sanford Premier Center, to a shooting report .
Upon arrival, authorities discovered the body of Kaisean Tyler, 26, of Sioux Falls.
“Throughout the night, detectives and officers followed leads and spoke with witnesses there and were able to determine that 38-year-old Sioux Falls resident Darrian Lamar Johnson was a suspect in this homicide. “said Nick Butler, a lieutenant with the Sioux Falls Police Department.
According to Butler, authorities then sought to obtain a search warrant for Johnson, specifically at a residence in the 700 block of West Rice Street, about a block northeast.
“The suspect left this residence and fled to another building in the same neighborhood,” Butler said. “We had a pretty good idea of the suspect’s whereabouts all along.”
Convinced that Johnson might be armed, officers turned the warrant over to the Sioux Falls Police Department SWAT team, which apprehended Johnson without incident shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
During a regular press briefing, a member of the media asked Butler if an increase in shootings involving officers in the state, and particularly those involving the Sioux Falls Police Department, was playing on the minds of the forces. order when approaching a potentially dangerous situation.
“[Apprehension without incident] is the outcome we want every time, whether it’s a street arrest or an arrest following a violent incident like this. The last option is of course lethal force, but unfortunately sometimes we have to make those decisions,” Butler said. “We’re all very grateful that it didn’t happen here. The suspect complied, and that’s how we ended up in this situation.”
Butler credited information from nearby victims and witnesses with helping police quickly apprehend Johnson.
“We appreciate the cooperation, it helps us wrap these things up a lot faster,” Butler said.
Following his arrest, Johnson, whom Butler called a parole candidate, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
First-degree murder, a Class A felony, carries a minimum life sentence and allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty, if they choose.
Second-degree murder, a Class B felony, also carries a minimum life sentence, but is not eligible for the death penalty.
Johnson is scheduled to appear in a Minnehaha County courtroom for a hearing Wednesday afternoon.