Assault suspect arrested after confrontation with police

Signal Drive scene

Rapid City Police say a man they describe as a "dangerous domestic assault suspect" is in custody after a confrontation with police Saturday morning. Police say they were called to a residence on Signal Drive at about 7:00 Saturday morning for the reported of an unwanted subject who was involved in a disturbance and possible assault at the residence.

Police say when they arrived they found 31-year old Michael Whirlwindhorse exit the residence with a large knife in his hand and refused to drop the knife when ordered to do so dozens of times. Police say he continued to threaten officers with the knife and was shot with bean bags from the less-lethal beanbag shotgun and a Taser and police neither had any effect on Whirlwindhorse. Police say he was finally successfully Tasered after a foot pursuit than ended on Kellogg Place, where it took multiple officers to restrain him and put him in handcuffs.

Whirlwindhorse was arrested for aggravated assault, and aggravated assault on law enforcement. Police say he is on parole and is a registered sex offender. Police say Whirlwindhorse ingested sleep aid and alcohol before his confrontation with police.

(Rapid City Police photo)