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K-9, less-lethal weapon used to end downtown standoff

Downtown standoff ends after 3 hours

A 17-year-old boy armed with a handgun was taken into custody after threatening to harm himself on Wednesday in downtown Wichita. Video by Stan Finger
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A 17-year-old boy armed with a handgun was taken into custody after threatening to harm himself on Wednesday in downtown Wichita. Video by Stan Finger

A standoff that lasted for more than three hours in downtown Wichita ended shortly after 6:30 p.m. when officers were able to take into custody a Derby teenager armed with a handgun.

The 17-year-old boy had made a series of Facebook posts that concerned people who knew him, who then contacted Derby police, Wichita Police Officer Charley Davidson said. Derby officers who responded to the boy’s home did not find him there, but they learned he liked to hang out in downtown Wichita.

Officers spotted him downtown with a handgun at about 3:30 p.m., but he ran into the parking garage. Streets surrounding the building were closed as a precaution and residents of the Lux apartment building were told either to remain inside or not allowed to come home from work.

SWAT officers and negotiators deployed to the scene. Eventually, officers used a less-than-lethal weapon and a K9 dog to subdue the teen and take him into custody, Davidson said.

He was taken to Via Christi Hospital-St. Joseph for treatment of a minor bite wound and a mental health evaluation, Davidson said.

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