Sheriff identifies Harrisburg home invasion suspect
HARRISBURG, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Authorities have identified the man who they say fired a gun at a homeowner during a burglary attempt near Harrisburg.
Twenty-one-year-old Colton Nichols of Sioux Falls was arrested Wednesday morning after hiding several hours in a slough, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Swenson.
The incident began around 5:20 am at a home near 272nd Street and Willow View Circle, about a half-mile west of Harrisburg. Sheriff Swenson said Nichols was attempting to break into cars in the area but was confronted by the homeowner. Nichols fired several shots from a handgun, then fled.
Sheriff Swenson said the Nichols ran to the back deck of the home, then fired more rounds toward neighboring houses. The homeowner heard the shots, then again confronted the suspect. Nichols allegedly fired a round at the homeowner, then ran away from the home.
The homeowner was not injured, authorities say.
Several law enforcement agencies, including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Sioux Falls Police Department, soon arrived at the scene and set up a perimeter. Deputies used a drone to search for the suspect, and eventually located and arrested him around 9:30 am Investigators also found the handgun he used, as well as other evidence, nearby.
Nichols faces several charges, including attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
The incident prompted a temporary shelter in place order at the Harrisburg School District. Sheriff Swenson said extra deputies were also placed at nearby schools as a precaution.
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