OGDEN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Fort Riley soldier was taken into protective custody after a pursuit and standoff with Riley County officers and Fort Riley police in Ogden.
At 3:45 AM on Saturday, June 30, 2012, the Riley County Police Department received a call from Fort Riley police notifying them that they were chasing a 28-year-old suicidal soldier. When police tried to stop the soldier at the Ogden gate for Fort Riley, they were unsuccessful.
According to Lieutenant Josh Kyle, the spokesman for the Riley County Police Department, officers were able to set up spike strips in Ogden. Once the soldier ran over them in his car, he made it another two blocks with police following him at a low speed before he came to a stop.
Kyle says the soldier, who is not being identified, then tried to walk away but was boxed in by police vehicles and surrounded by Riley County and Fort Riley officers in the street near Ogden's Best Guns and Gun Range on Riley Avenue.
Police say the soldier was armed with what appeared to be a handgun and made several suicidal gestures which resulted in a standoff. Lieutenant Kyle says the soldier was out in the open amongst several vehicles as officers tried to talk him down. After several minutes of failed negotiations, police launched three rounds of rubber baton rounds at the soldier, disarming him.
The weapon the soldier was carrying turned out to be a BB gun, designed to look like a real gun.
He was taken into protective custody so he could not harm himself and was transported to Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley for evaluation. Lieutenant Kyle says he was released to military authorities.
He received minor injuries from the rubber baton rounds, according to police.
On Sunday, another pursuit with a Fort Riley soldier in Junction City ended up claiming the soldier's life.
The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified Specialist Richard Sandoval, 21, of Indio, California, as the person driving a car that fled Geary County Sheriff's deputies.
Authorities told 13 News that deputies attempted to pull Sandoval over for suspected drunken driving just before 2:40 a.m Sunday. They said about a minute later, his car went off the road, hit a parked car and then struck a tree.
The 2009 Pontiac G5 that Sandoval was driving then caught fire in the 500 block of West 8th Street near Jackson Street, according to authorities. The deputy and a Junction City police officer tried to get Sandoval out of the vehicle but were unsuccessful.
After Junction City firefighters extinguished the blaze, the Geary County Coroner pronounced Sandoval dead at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Officials believe Sandoval was killed on impact when he hit the tree. They expect to have preliminary autopsy and test results in several days.
Specialist Sandoval was a Petroleum Supply Specialist assigned to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
He was assigned to Fort Riley in June 2011.