SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls man is facing a first-degree murder charge after he allegedly shot and killed a man who he discovered at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, police in Sioux Falls were called to an apartment complex in the 1200 block of North Prairie Avenue, roughly three-quarters of a mile east of the Denny Sanford Premier Center, for a report of a shooting.
Upon arrival, authorities discovered the body of 26-year-old Kaisean Tyler, of Sioux Falls.
“Throughout the night, detectives and officers followed leads and spoke with witnesses there and were able to determine Darrian Lamar Johnson, a 38-year-old Sioux Falls resident, was a suspect in that homicide,” said Nick Butler, a lieutenant with the Sioux Falls Police Department.
According to Butler, authorities then moved to obtain a search warrant for Johnson, specifically at a residence in the 700 block of West Rice Street, roughly one block to the northeast.
“The suspect left that residence and fled to another apartment building within the same area,” Butler said. “We had a fairly good idea of where the suspect was from the onset of this.”
With the belief that Johnson may be armed, officers turned the warrant to the Sioux Falls Police Department’s SWAT team, who apprehended Johnson without incident at shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
At a regular press briefing, one member of the media asked Butler if a rise in officer-involved shootings in the state, and specifically those involving the Sioux Falls Police Department, plays into the minds of law enforcement as they approach a potentially dangerous situation.
“[Apprehension without incident] is the outcome that we want every time, whether it’s an arrest on the street or an arrest following a violent incident like this. The last option of course is deadly force, but unfortunately sometimes we’re forced to make those decisions,” Butler said. “We’re all very grateful that didn’t happen here. The suspect was compliant, and that’s how we ended up in this situation.”
Butler credited information provided by victims and nearby witnesses for assisting police in their quick apprehension of Johnson.
“We appreciate the cooperation, it helps us wrap these things up a lot quicker,” Butler said.
Following his arrest, Johnson, who Butler labeled a parole absconder, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
First-degree murder, a Class A felony, carries a minimum sentence of life in prison, and enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty, if they choose such.
Second-degree murder, a Class B felony, also carries a minimum sentence of life in prison, but is not eligible for the death penalty.
Johnson is set to appear in a Minnehaha County courtroom for a hearing Wednesday afternoon.