Suspect In Standoff At Riley Co. Trailer Park Surrenders

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW)-- Tensions flared at a trailer park north of Manhattan when officers responded to a domestic call Sunday afternoon, resulting in a standoff that lasted several hours.

At 1:45 PM, the Riley County Police Department received a report of a domestic disturbance at a trailer inside the Tuttle Terrace Mobile Home Park off of Highway 24, not far from where it intersects with North Seth Child Road.

An injured female victim managed to get to a neighbor's home and call for help, alleging that she had been beaten during the altercation.

She told officers when they arrived that the suspect, 32-year-old Brian Elliston, was still inside the home they shared at Lot 23 and that he had several weapons.

Elliston barricaded himself inside the trailer when police showed up and a standoff ensued. Nearby mobile homes were evacuated, a perimeter was set up and the entrances to the trailer court were blocked off. The RCPD Tactical Team and Hostage Negotiations Team were called to the scene in an attempt to make contact and negotiate with Elliston.

"Over the next three or four hours, we attempted to make contact with the subject in any way that we could. He was not answering his cell phone and was not giving any indication that he was willing to talk to us," said Captain Tim Hegarty, the incident commander.

At 7:30 PM, there was still a strong police presence at the mobile home park. Officers could be heard on a loudspeaker telling Elliston to "come out now" during negotiations. Then, just before 8 PM, Elliston surrendered to police without incident after a nearly six-hour standoff and was taken into custody.

He was arrested on a number of charges including Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

"We’re very happy to have resolved this without any injury, loss of life or damage to property," Hegarty told WIBW.

Elliston was the only person inside the trailer during the standoff, police said. There were no hostages.

When asked about the victim's injuries, Captain Hegarty said that "she did sustain enough injuries to lead us to believe that the crimes had occurred." Her name was not released. He could not confirm definitively whether victim and suspect are married, saying only that is was a "domestic-related incident."

"The investigation into the matter continues," Hegarty said.

"There were weapons discovered inside the residence but at no time were any officers threatened to our knowledge with them. But we proceeded under the belief that he was armed which is a potential risk to our people and the people around him so that’s how we conducted the operation in that belief. That’s why it took such a long time. That’s why we took very specific, careful, calculated steps in order to minimize the possibility that one of our people could get hurt or an innocent bystander could get hurt or actually the subject himself could get hurt," he added.


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