A couple has been charged with federal gun crimes after a three-hour long standoff with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at their Meade County home last week. Eighteen firearms, methamphetamine and marijuana were found at the house after Michael Blood and Carmen Mann surrendered after speaking with ATF crisis negotiators, Special Agent Riley Cook testified Monday. He said the pair has a history of criminal convictions and fleeing from and obstructing police.
The standoff occurred last Thursday morning at Blood’s home on Elk Vale Road, a dirt road that’s a few miles west of Ellsworth Air Force Base. Law enforcement at the scene included the ATF, Meade County Sheriff’s Office and the Rapid City-Pennington County Special Response Team. Blood, 57, is charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm for allegedly possessing guns while being a drug user, according to his complaint. He’s accused of owning two shotguns and two semi-automatic pistols from March 2019 through February 2021.
Blood is also charged with receiving a firearm while under indictment for obtaining one of his pistols between August 2019 and February 2021 while under indictment in Pennington County Court for drug possession and ingestion. His third charge is possessing a stolen firearm. [full article]