BLUE RAPIDS, Kan. | A Topeka homicide suspect who is accused of shooting a Marshall County deputy Monday before taking refuge in a stranger's home gave up Tuesday morning after an overnight standoff.
Steven A. Macomber, 43, surrendered around 6:45 a.m. after spending the night at a woman's home in Blue Rapids, a town of about 1,400 residents 40 miles north of Manhattan.
He is a suspect in the shooting death of Ryan Lofton, 26, of Topeka, whose body was found in the driveway of a Topeka home around 5 p.m. Monday.
Just over three hours later, in a town about 100 miles away, Macomber shot a Marshall County deputy who pulled him over in Blue Rapids, Marshall County prosecutor Brian Carroll said.
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Macomber was also shot, apparently during that 8:15 p.m. exchange, Carroll said. He said the deputy, who was hit in the left wrist and lower back, underwent surgery early Tuesday morning and was recuperating with family members.
Carroll said Macomber drove off in the deputy's patrol car and stopped at a house three or four blocks away, where he held a middle-aged woman hostage before freeing her after midnight.
“She was not harmed,” Carroll said of the woman. “She was definitely scared, but he did not harm her.”
After the woman was released, agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation began sending tear gas into the home until Macomber walked out and gave up.
Carroll said Macomber was taken into custody Tuesday by the state Department of Corrections on suspicion of parole violation after being released from the hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound.
He had been incarcerated from February 1986 to September 2009 for four counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated battery before being paroled.
Carroll said he expects to file charges sometime in the next couple of days, including aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, burglary, theft of a vehicle and kidnapping. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon in the Topeka homicide.
KBI Director Bob Blecha said his agency is handling the investigation in Blue Rapids.
The deputy, Fernando Salcedo, 22, is expected to fully recover, Carroll said. Salcedo has been a deputy since last fall after previously serving as a jailer with the department.