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Harvey County Sheriff’s Office: Wichita man kills himself with handgun after standoff

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 10:17 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 10:25 p.m.

A 53-year-old Wichita man shot himself Monday night in rural Harvey County after a standoff with numerous law enforcement agencies, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shortly after 5 p.m., a Harvey County deputy was checking out a suspicious vehicle parked at the entrance of a field about 3½ miles southeast of Newton. As he approached the vehicle, the deputy said he heard a single gunshot and saw the occupant slump over in the seat, Chief Deputy Mark Hardtafer said in a news release.

The deputy backed away and told the man to step outside the vehicle. The man refused. Backup officers were present from the Newton and Halstead police departments, Harvey and Sedgwick county sheriff’s offices and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Officers continue to ask the man to step outside the vehicle, but he refused, the release said. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., about 1½ hours after the first shot was fired, the man stepped out of the vehicle, walked toward the field and shot himself in the chest with a .45 handgun, the release said.

Officers also found a snub-nosed revolver in the man’s pocket. Officers didn’t fire any rounds at the man, the release said.

No other information about the man was made available other than his age and that he was from Wichita. Family members were being notified, the release said.

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