- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on a report of a man with a weapon at a South Dakota hospital (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A prosecutor says an armed man who held a child hostage at a hospital in northeastern South Dakota had an assault rifle in his vehicle.

Spink County State’s Attorney Victor Fischbach says the suspect had two weapons - a loaded handgun at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield and an AK-47 with two banana clips carrying 30 rounds each in his vehicle in the hospital parking lot.

Fischbach says the suspect was taken into custody Monday with no shots being fired. Authorities earlier negotiated the release of the 10-year-old boy.

The prosecutor would not comment on a possible relationship between the suspect and the boy. Fischbach says the man came into the hospital with the child about 8:30 a.m. and held the youngster hostage after a high-speed chase.

Avera says no patients were harmed. The Aberdeen American News reports up to 40 staff members and six patients were evacuated from the hospital.

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1:40 p.m.

Officials say an armed man who held a child hostage at a hospital in a northeastern South Dakota city is in custody.

Law enforcement officers earlier Monday negotiated the release of the 10-year-old child at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield. Spink County Attorney Victor Fischbach and Avera say the man came into the hospital with the child about 8:30 a.m. and held the youngster hostage.

Aberdeen police say the child is a boy and the man was armed with a gun. The boy was eventually released unharmed.

Avera says no patients were harmed. Fischbach says law enforcement was pursuing the man in a high-speed chase just before he entered the hospital with the child.

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11:30 a.m.

Authorities say law enforcement officers have negotiated the release of a child who was being held by an armed man at a hospital in a small northeastern South Dakota city.

Spink County Attorney Victor Fischbach says the man and the 10-year-old were in a room at the Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield Monday. Brown County Sheriff Mark Milbrandt, whose deputies also responded to the hospital, says no shots were fired and no one has been injured. He says deputies are in the process of arresting the man.

Avera said in a statement that all patients are safe and accounted for and that the hospital is on lockdown.

Redfield is a city of about 2,200 about 175 miles (282 kilometers) northwest of Sioux Falls.

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11:09 a.m.

Police are responding to a report of a person with a weapon at a hospital in a small northeastern South Dakota city.

Aberdeen Police Chief Dave McNeill says it’s not an active shooter situation at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield, but rather a report of a person with a weapon.

Avera spokeswoman Richelle Braun tells the Aberdeen News the hospital in on lockdown and that all patients are safe. Braun says the hospital administration is working with law enforcement.

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