On August 1, 2007 at approximately 3:20 p.m. the Rapid City Police Department responded to 1204 4th Street to assist Parole Services with a parolee check. Agents from Parole Services were there to conduct a parole check on Michael Hawkins, 23, Rapid City. During this contact, Hawkins brandished a handgun and refused to cooperate with authorities. Attempts by the initial officers to get Hawkins to surrender failed, and the Rapid City / Pennington County Special Response Team was called out to handle the standoff.
During the standoff with law enforcement, Hawkins displayed the firearm on several occasions, holding it to his head and threatening to shoot himself. Contact with Hawkins was established by negotiators and throughout the evening, negotiators spoke with Hawkins in an effort to end the standoff. At approximately 12:30 a.m. negotiations progressed to the point where Hawkins was ready to surrender to authorities.
Hawkins then came out of the residence and was taken into custody without incident. The handgun involved in this incident was recovered during a search of the residence. Hawkins was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for medical treatment. He will be charged with a parole violation. Hawkins is currently on parole for an Attempted 3rd Degree Burglary conviction in Fall River County. He has been on parole since September 2005 with SD Parole Services. All questions regarding Hawkins’ parole should be directed to Parole Supervisor Larry Beezley at Parole Services, 394-2206.
The response to the standoff clearly illustrates the cooperative efforts between all emergency response services in western South Dakota.
The Rapid City / Pennington County Special Response Team is made up of members from the Rapid City Police Department, Rapid City Fire Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Emergency Services Communications Center. Additionally, members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol SWAT Team assisted in this callout, as did members of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.