Just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Smith barged into the baby sitter's house, grabbed the kids, zip-tied the woman to a chair and removed her cellphone's battery. Four minutes later, police received a call about an accident in the salon parking lot. When officers arrived, they found the crashed car and bystanders attending to the bleeding woman. Smith went back inside, locked the doors and fired a shot that went through a wall and grazed an employee in the leg. She was not injured, VandeKamp said.
No customers were in the store, but Smith tied up the employees and made it clear he planned to hurt himself. Within a half hour, Weber was able to persuade Smith to let everyone go. As the employees left, they heard a single gunshot, VandeKamp said.
Unsure if Smith had taken his own life, a SWAT team surrounded the salon and closed off three blocks on Sioux Falls' busiest street. Just before 4 p.m., armed officers stormed in and found Smith's body.
Minnehaha County court records show his ex-wife also sought protection order requests in 2009 and 2010. Both were dismissed at her request. The records also show numerous protection order petitions filed by Smith against his ex-wife, her family members, a friend of his ex-wife's and an ex-girlfriend.
His ex-wife, in response to a 2010 protection order petition, said it was filed under false accusations that she threatened to kill herself and their daughter. She wrote that Smith was upset that she asked for a divorce.
She then filed a protection order petition against Smith, saying he had assaulted her while she was holding their baby and was harassing her family.
"My husband Tyrone is a violent man," she wrote. "I am afraid for our daughter's safety while she is with Tyrone for extended periods of time."
Connors' killing marked just the second homicide this year in Sioux Falls, South Dakota's largest city, Barthels said.