PD: Man arrested, facing assault charges

Police say gun was used to threaten people

BROOKINGS – A 26-year-old Brookings man was arrested after he allegedly took a gun and threatened people with it at someone else’s residence, according to the Brookings Police.

The suspect, identified in court documents as Dale Dunlap, is being held at the Brookings County Detention Center on $7,500 cash-only bond.

Dunlap is facing a 10-count criminal complaint. The charges include two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, and one count each of aggravated assault (domestic violence), simple assault (domestic violence), unauthorized possession of LSD, obstructing a law enforcement officer, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, and ingesting marijuana.

The assault report came in shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers said.

A 23-year-old man reported that a “male suspect had shown up to (his) residence looking for a female that was there,” Powers said. The residence was in the 1700 block of 12th Street South.

The suspect and the female spoke in the garage, “during which time the resident could hear yelling and also could hear the male suspect had kicked his vehicle,” Powers said.

“The (resident) went into the garage; he actually had a gun with him – it was in a holster – and was trying to get the male (suspect) to leave,” Powers said. 

“They got into a physical altercation, during which point he said that he was trying to stop the male (suspect) from attacking him,” Powers said. 

“At one point, (the resident) pulled the gun, but the suspect continued to come at him and got the gun away from him, at which point, he pointed it at the victim and two other individuals and threatened them,” Powers said.

Another person at the residence was able to get the gun away from the suspect, who then left the residence, Powers said.

“Shortly after this report was received, we received a call about a domestic disturbance,” at a residence in the 1900 block of Eighth Street South, Powers said.

The reporting party at that location said they heard a man “talking about pulling a trigger,” Powers said.

When officers responded, they realized that the man at that location was also the suspect in the incident on 12th Street South.

“After they made contact with him, they were concerned about a weapon being involved; they gave him verbal commands and he failed to comply with them, so he was Tased, at which point, he was able to be taken into custody,” Powers said.

“After he was medically cleared, he was transported to the Brookings County Detention Center,” Powers said.

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