Crime & Courts

June 9, 2010

Ex-Wichitan in custody after shootings, standoff

BLUE RAPIDS — A former Wichitan accused of shooting a Marshall County sheriff's deputy Monday gave up Tuesday after an overnight standoff.

BLUE RAPIDS — A former Wichitan accused of shooting a Marshall County sheriff's deputy Monday gave up Tuesday after an overnight standoff.

Stephen A. Macomber, 43, surrendered at around 6:45 a.m. after spending the night at a woman's home in Blue Rapids.

Macomber was sentenced in 1987 to 38 to 85 years in prison for four robberies, including the Sept. 23, 1985, holdup of a Wendy's restaurant at 5510 E. Central. Store worker Randy Atterberry was shot in the heart during that robbery but survived.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show that Macomber was paroled in September.

Topeka police said Macomber is a suspect in the shooting death of Ryan Lofton, 26, whose body was found in Topeka on Monday.

A little more than three hours later, Macomber shot a Marshall County deputy who pulled him over, Marshall County prosecutor Brian Carroll said.

Macomber was also shot, apparently during that exchange, Carroll said.

Carroll said Macomber drove off in the deputy's patrol car and stopped at a house a few blocks away, where he held a woman hostage before freeing her after midnight.

KBI agents later sent tear gas into the home until Macomber gave up.

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