Sheriff's Office Media Releases

Sheriff's Media Releases

May 18

Weapons Violation

Posted on May 18, 2022 at 8:07 AM by Michelle Delaney

Reported: 5/16/2022 7:34PM 
Location: 200blk 2nd St, Elkton, SD 
Suspect vehicle: Early 2000s Silver or Grey Buick LeSabre

On the above date and time, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took report of a gun being pointed at pedestrians. It was found an individual driving an early 2000s silver or grey Buick LeSabre on Second St.had pointed a hand gun at the juvenile pedestrians then turned onto Elk St. The children were able to describe the driver as a white male in his twenties wearing a grey shirt. After departing the area, the driver returned and drove by the children a second time before departing the area. The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol saturated the area attempting to locate the vehicle, but none was found. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300

May 16

Significant Storm Damage

Posted on May 16, 2022 at 8:39 AM by Michelle Delaney

Occurred: 5/12/22 approx. 5:15PM (depending on location) Location: All of Brookings County

On the above date and time, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office along with all area emergency services and highway/municipal utility departments began responding to citizens in need. Sheriff Stanwick recognized the emergency and called every Deputy out to help with the widespread need for response throughout the county. The storm caused significant damage to buildings, trees, power lines and vehicles. The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took many reports of destroyed or damaged buildings, downed power lines and vehicle collisions. There were also several reports of livestock being injured, displaced or killed. Many vehicles were destroyed including campers, semis and other large vehicles which had either rolled or been tipped onto their sides due to the wind. Area emergency services stopped to check on the wellbeing of many residents whose property was damaged or destroyed. Several areas are still without power including the following: Brookings, Sinai, Aurora and Bushnell along with many other rural residents in areas throughout the county. As of 5/13/2022 there are still power lines and trees across roadways. If traveling please be cautions, do not approach downed power lines and remain cognizant trees may be obstructing travel. There also remains many damaged or destroyed traffic signs, please approach intersections with caution and stop before proceeding.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300

May 16

Injury Accident

Posted on May 16, 2022 at 8:38 AM by Michelle Delaney

Occurred: 5/12/22 9:41PM 
Location: US14/467th Ave 
Driver: Timothy Johnson, 58, of Salem 
Vehicle: Freightliner semi with trailer, damage $10,000 
Property damaged: guardrail leading to bridge

On the above date and time, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to the above location for a semi which had rolled over and the driver was injured. It was found wind from the strong storm cause the vehicle to tip on its side. Once on its side, the vehicle then slid and impacted the guardrail and bridge causing damage to the guardrail. The driver, Timothy Johnson, 58 from Salem, SD was taken to the hospital by a passerby for unknown injuries. The semi is estimated to have sustained $10,000 damage and the damage to the bridge and guardrail is still being estimated.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300