Sioux Falls carjacking victim arrested after shots fired at thieves

The carjacking victim reported the thieves shot first, but police later determined that was untrue.


SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls man is facing a firearm charge after he told police he shot at a person who stole his car from a business’ parking lot.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, police in Sioux Falls were called to a business near the intersection West 12th Street and West Avenue for a report of shots fired.

“A young man called in to 911 from a local business in the area stating that his vehicle had been stolen and that he had been shot at by the people who had stolen his vehicle,” said Robert Forster, a lieutenant with the Sioux Falls Police Department.

During the call to 911, Forster said that 23-year-old Isaiah Ford, of Sioux Falls, told dispatch that he had returned fire at the carjackers. Upon arrival, Ford was found in possession of a firearm and was compliant with officers. Ford said he had left his vehicle unlocked and running.

“During the course of their investigations and utilizing surveillance in the area, [officers] were able to determine that [Ford] was filing partially a false report,” Forster said. “It was noted that his car was stolen, but unfortunately the part about the people in the car shooting at him was not true.”


Police did not indicate whether Ford’s bullets struck any people or structures.

Ford was taken into custody and booked into the Minnehaha County Jail on one count of reckless discharge of a firearm and one count of filing a false report, both Class 1 misdemeanors.

If convicted, Ford could be sentenced to serve up to two years in jail and pay fines of up to $4,000. An initial appearance was set for Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 7.

Authorities said Wednesday that Ford’s vehicle had not yet been recovered.

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 local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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