RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The Rapid City Police Department got a call around 1 p.m. Friday saying there was a suicidal subject potentially armed with a firearm.
Shortly after, there was an explosion in a trailer adjacent to a home located on the corner of St. Charles Street and 11th Street.
During the active response from officials, you could hear loud noises that appeared to be gun fire but RCPD says that was ammunition going off when it was hit by the fire in the trailer. Fire officials confirmed that as a result of the fire, a travel trailer, an outbuilding, and the primary residence were all affected.
Officials say there were no injuries to anyone beyond the subject who was confirmed dead shortly after 5 p.m., and a number of pets that were inside the home were removed safely. Because the subject was unaccounted for at the time, firefighters were operating defensively, meaning they were engaging the flames but with the protection of law enforcement. This was a scenario that officials said was quite unique.
"We have an example of Rapid City's bravest operating under extreme conditions and I just want to just send my regards to the Rapid City Fire Department. This isn't something that you would expect to be facing. This is a very unique situation and we are doing everything that we can to restore public safety to the neighborhood," said Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris
Shortly after this statement, the majority of the fire was put out.
Overall , emergency responders say the mission of all agencies was to keep the public safe.