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One Arrested after Four-Hour Standoff with Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies

Judd Weil

[Ness COUNTY, Kan.]

A four-hour standoff with multiple agencies in Ness County led to the arrest of a man on March 24.

Shortly after 9 p.m. that Thursday, Ness County Sheriff’s Office were contacted about an aggressive male suspect in the 100 block of W. Locust Ave. of Ness City, Kan., discharging a firearm and aiming the firearm at surrounding homes.

When responding deputies arrived on scene the suspect fled into his home and a “barricaded subject standoff” continued for over four hours.

Surrounding neighbors were contacted and asked to evacuate the area for their safety.

Agencies including Lane, Hodgeman, and Ford Counties, and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to assist with scene security and conflict de-escalation and resolution.

Shortly after 1 a.m., the suspect came to the front door with a rifle and aimed at law enforcement officers.

According to the Ness County Sheriff’s Office, “the suspect then stepped outside unarmed, in what appeared to be, an attempt to taunt law enforcement.”

When the suspect re-entered the home, law enforcement officers followed and ultimately subdued the suspect inside the home, with no further danger to the public.

A subsequent search warrant was issued for the weapons and any motive for the threat.

The suspect was transported to the Ford County Jail for charges relating to Aggravated Assault.

The case was forwarded to the Ness County Attorney’s Office for formal charges.

The suspect was unnamed in the original press release.

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