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Neighborhood in southeast Wichita reopens after police standoff; teen in custody

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 9:32 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, June 27, 2014, at 7 a.m.

A 17-year-old boy was in custody late Thursday after a short standoff with police at his southeast Wichita home. Police blocked off portions of East Mount Vernon, just southeast of Harry and Rock Road, after responding to a 911 call of shots fired in a house about 7:45 p.m. in the 8600 block of East Mount Vernon. The boy’s mother and his 12-year-old brother were home at the time and barricaded themselves in a bathroom during the incident, Wichita police Lt. Jason Stephens said.

After a short time, SWAT team negotiators were able to get the boy to come out. There were no injuries and the neighborhood’s streets were reopened, Stephens said.

“We’re still investigating the root cause of this. We’re not sure,” Stephens said.

“This is still under investigation,” he said, “but we do have reason to believe a mental disability played a part.”

Law enforcement officials from the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene. A SWAT team and a canine unit from the Haysville Police Department also responded. There also were Wichita Fire Department personnel at the scene and other emergency vehicles.

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