Saturday night arrest prompts search warrants that lead to guns and ammunition

Police say the SWAT team was used because guns were involved in the original crime.


SIOUX FALLS — An arrest on outstanding warrants on Saturday, Feb. 25, led to police pursuing two search warrants and calling out the SWAT team.

Police officers saw Tyrone Lee Appleton, 28, walking near the intersection of 13th Street and Spring Avenue and arrested him on warrants for aggravated assault and burglary stemming from an incident on Feb. 17.

Police say that Appleton tried to force his way into a home and threatened a person with a gun.

“As he was leaving, there were some shots that were heard,” police spokesperson Sam Clemens said during the regular media briefing on Monday, Feb. 27. “They didn’t have any evidence of anything that was damaged but they believe the suspect had fired the gun.”

Detectives determined that Appleton was the suspect and issued the arrest warrant on Feb. 23 with a $100,000 cash bond.


Officers saw Appleton walking between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, leading to arrest. Additional information prompted search warrants for a home in the 600 block of South Spring Avenue which required bringing in the SWAT team as a precaution because a gun fired in the original incident, Clemens said.

Detectives found a gun magazine and ammunition in the home.

An additional search warrant was issued for a home in the 6400 block of West Grove Place, where they found three guns believed to be linked to the original incident on Feb. 17, Clemens said.

Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for Sioux Falls Live. Reach him at
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