9-hour S. Topeka standoff ends with suspected suicide

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 1:11 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A man who barricaded himself inside a south Topeka home Tuesday morning appears to have taken his own life.

The Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office says they arrived to 205 SW Heights Rd. around 8 a.m. to talk with the man in question about a felony theft case. When deputies knocked on the door, they observed the man through a window. The man also had a felony warrant for aggravated battery-driving under the influence. Officials say the 54-year-old man was seen with a gun in hand, and stolen property was observed inside.

Deputies retreated to a safe distance and called for backup.

A crisis negotiator and response team, as well as a SWAT team were called to the home and a perimeter was setup.

Spokesperson Abigail Christian said negotiators made multiple attempts to get the man to come out but were unsuccessful. A search warrant was also obtained Tuesday afternoon.

Around 4 p.m., law enforcement could be seen shooting several cannisters of tear gas into the east side of the residence. About 15 minutes later, they used a battering ram to break a hole into the front of the home and fired 4-5 more cannisters.

At approximately 4:40 p.m., members of the Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office were witnessed using a robot to enter the home and around 5 p.m. medical crews were observed entering the home and coming out without a patient a short time later.

Christian said the man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His identity was not released.

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