Wessington Springs man arrested on murder charges

TRUE DAKOTAN, WESSINGTON SPRINGS – According to information released by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), during the early morning hours of Oct. 24, law enforcement responded to a Wessington Springs residence after reports of a barricaded subject/hostage situation that stemmed from an alleged fatal shooting inside the residence.

Through a coordinated multi-agency effort encompassing the Jerauld County Sheriff’s Office, Huron Police Department, Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Highway Patrol, a female subject was safely released from the residence, while Wessington Springs local, Mitch Caffee, peacefully surrendered himself.

Caffee was subsequently arrested by DCI Special Agents on charges including first degree murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and burglary; he remains in custody on a $1 million dollar cash-only bond.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of the Jerauld County Sheriff’s Office, continues to investigate the incident. The True Dakotan will continue to release details as the investigation unfolds. 

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