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Fugitive surrenders peacefully near Dell Rapids

Tahlen Bourassa
Tahlen Bourassa
Sgt. Jason Gearman MCSD (Download MP3)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - A standoff near Dell Rapids involving law officers and a man wanted on felony larceny and drug warrants ended peacefully when the suspect surrendered after four hours.

Authorities say 20-year-old Tahlen Bourassa holed up in a business south of Dell Rapids last night after a high speed chase.  Officers surrounded the building and also monitored the situation from a helicopter and a SWAT team's armored vehicle.

Sergeant Jason Gearman admits using more manpower and equipment in the standoff than Bourassa's charges warranted.  He charged with ingesting a controlled substance and grand larceny.  But Gearman says they believed he was armed and paranoid.

Police say Bourassa surrendered without incident at about 9:00 p.m. and was takeb to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.