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Man surrenders to police after standoff in central Topeka

(Video Only) The incident began Thur. morning when officers attempted to locate wanted Bruce A. Teel, 33, of Topeka, at a residence at 1286 S.W. Lane.
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 11:26 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A man surrendered to police early Thursday afternoon following a standoff that lasted several hours in central Topeka.

The incident began around 9 a.m. when officers attempted to locate wanted Bruce A. Teel, 33, of Topeka, at a residence at 1286 S.W. Lane. Teel was wanted for an original charge of aggravated assault for an incident on March 23.

(Left) 13 NEWS crews capture the moment Bruce Teel was escorted out of a home in the 1200 block...
(Left) 13 NEWS crews capture the moment Bruce Teel was escorted out of a home in the 1200 block of SW Lane Thur. (Right) Teel's mugshot.(WIBW/ Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections)

Topeka Police Lt. Manny Munoz told 13 NEWS Teel was located in the residence but went upstairs and barricaded himself in a room.

Police negotiators were called to the scene around 11 a.m. to try to get Teel to surrender peacefully.

For more than an hour, police negotiators could be heard on a loudspeaker asking for “Bruce” to surrender and come out of the house.

Police announced Teel’s mother and brother, who also could be heard on the loudspeaker pleading for him to surrender.

Police used several rounds of “flash-bangs” between noon and 1 p.m. to try to get Teel to come out of the house, but he remained barricaded.

Teel remained in the house until around 1:15 p.m., when officers deployed a “chemical agent” to get him to come out of the house, Munoz said.

Teel then came out of the front door of the residence, located at the northeast corner of S.W. 13th and Lane.

He was placed in handcuffs and escorted north down the east sidewalk of the 1200 block of S.W. Lane, before he was evaluated by medical personnel at the scene.

Teel was taken to the Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections for the aggravated assault allegation, as well as for felony obstruction for Thursday’s incident.

During the standoff, officers had S.W. Lane blocked between S.W. 15th on the south and S.W. Huntoon on the north.

The police department’s Incident Command truck was among the various units on the scene.

More than a dozen police units responded to the incident.

Check wibw.com later for more details as it becomes available.

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