Crime & Courts

Police respond to dispute between father and son

An incident involving police that began early Monday when a teenager refused to go to school was resolved peacefully after the youth was found at his aunt's house in Maize, authorities said.

The 17-year-old boy was taken in for questioning, Sedgwick County sheriff's Capt. George Mason said.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Sedgwick County sheriff's officers converged on a house in the 11100 block of North Meridian, north of Meridian and 109th Street North, after a caller reported a family dispute at about 8:30 a.m.

The teen's father said he went to wake the teen and urge him to get on his way to classes at Newton High School when an argument erupted, Mason said.

The teen threatened his father, who "considered it enough of a threat to leave the residence and go down to a neighbor to call 911," Mason said.

A SWAT team was called out, and after attempts to contact the teen proved unsuccessful, a robot was deployed.

Officers learned the boy was not inside the house, Mason said. A short time later, authorities learned the boy was at his aunt's house.

Sedgwick High School was placed in lockdown as a precaution, Mason said.

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