Full Moon Results in 12 Arrests in Martin

On Tuesday, June 21, at 4 p.m., the Martin Police Department activated the EOC “Emergency Operations Center,” as a direct result of an on-going criminal investigation within the City of Martin. The incident Commander was Martin Police Chief Thomas Jeans. This incident was named, Operation Full Moon. 

The EOC provides Incident Command Structure and Management of the full incident. The EOC also manages resources and personnel.

“Tension between two separate groups resulted in at least five (5) aggravated assaults, creating a safety issue for the residents in the city limits of Martin”, stated Martin Police Chief Thomas Jeans.

Chief Thomas Jeans and Martin City Mayor Gary Rayhill imposed a City Wide Curfew from 2:00 a.m. till 5:30 a.m. and violators of this curfew were subject to arrest.

The Martin Police Department deactivated the EOC “Emergency Operations Center”, as of 4:45 a.m. Wednesday Morning.

Supportive Law Enforcement Personnel were released from their duties by Martin Police Chief Thomas Jeans at approximately 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, as a result of the de-escalation of the immediate threat within the City of Martin.

The Operation named “Operation Full Moon,”  resulted in the arrests of 12 individuals who were directly involved in the incidents in Martin.

Martin Police Chief Thomas Jeans requested assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies to help protect citizens and try to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution. Martin Police Chief and Incident Commander Thomas Jeans stated that the Operation was successful in apprehending the individuals involved, and preserving the peace and safety of the residents of the City of Martin.

Assistance was provided by the Bennett County States Attorney’s Office, State Game, Fish & Parks, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, OST Public Safety and Bennett County Sheriff’s Office. 

Chief Jeans said he does not see the need to reissue any further curfews at this time.

The incident is under review and investigation by the Martin Police Department, and the Bennett County States Attorney’s Office. 

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