Man Surrenders From Crawl Space After Stand Off

26-year-old Azriel Raymond Alston of Topeka, KS

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call in Montara early Friday morning. Deputies were dispatched to the 7100 block of Greenview Drive at 3:19a.m. reference reports of a domestic violence incident.

The female caller advised a male subject had entered the residence, was damaging property and making threats.

When Deputies arrived at the residence they were alerted by shouting and screaming coming from the residence and immediately made contact with a female resident and a young child. They were able to get them to come out of the residence; both the woman and child were unharmed.

Deputies noticed a 26 year old male, armed with a handgun, shouting threats from inside the residence and backed away from the house after securing the woman and the child.

The Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team was called out to secure the area around the house. Sheriff’s Office negotiators were called to the scene to facilitate communications between Officers and the armed man.

The armed man paced around inside and outside of the house before settling in a crawl space area underneath the house.

Sheriff’s Office negotiators were able to establish phone communications with the man, who was still hiding under the house.

Negotiators were able to get the man to surrender the handgun at 7:40a.m. and then talked him out from under the house at approximately 7:46a.m.

The man was taken into custody at 7:47a.m.

No injuries were reported during this incident. It was reported that shots might have been fired before Deputies arrived at the scene.

There were no shots fired after Deputies arrived at the residence. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation.