KIMBALL, S.D. — A father and son were charged Friday with several felonies for a standoff near Kimball in which one South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper suffered gunshot wounds and another was fired upon.
The Brule County prosecutor charged Donald London, 42, of Kimball, with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, according to the complaint. His father, Michael London, 66, of Chamberlain, is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Each count carries a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison.
KELO-TV reported that Donald London previously lived in Gillette, where there's a protection order on file against him filed by the daughters of his deceased wife, Ruth Martinson, whom he married weeks before she died. Her body was found in March 2012, three days after she disappeared. It was ruled a suicide, but the family questions that, said Gillette lawyer Nick Carter, who represents two of the daughters.
Both men made their initial appearance Friday and are being held in the Chamberlain jail on high bond: $1 million for Donald London and $500,000 for Michael London. It wasn't immediately clear Friday if either man had a lawyer.
The standoff began Wednesday afternoon. The two men were at Donald London's house north of Kimball when they threatened Brule County sheriff's officers, said Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
"Law enforcement was told that Donald London was loading guns into his vehicle and was going to Chamberlain to kill law enforcement officers," Chris Konrad, an agent with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, wrote in an affidavit.
When law enforcement went to Donald London's house, Michael London saw the officers and told his son, who fired shots, striking one of the troopers, another officer wrote in a separate affidavit.
Konrad wrote that while trying to drive away, Donald London saw two South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers across the road, got out of his pickup and shot several rifle rounds at the troopers and then at two metal buildings they hid behind "in an attempt to hit the troopers."
Trooper Adam Woxland was not hit, but patrol Sgt. John Koenig was hit in the arm and side.
Koenig is stable. He received a call from Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Thursday thanking him for his bravery.
Michael London walked out Wednesday evening and was arrested; Donald London didn't surrender until Thursday afternoon, Price said.
Russ Ehlers, who owns Club Vega in Kimball, told KDLT-TV that Donald London was in the bar Monday night making threats. "He was threatening law officers. He knew them by name. He said if they walked in the bar he would shoot them on site," said Ehlers, who threw London out of the bar and called police.