Wichita police are looking for a man who apparently barricaded himself in a house Thursday afternoon.
A call was made to 911 at about 11:50 a.m. regarding a report of domestic violence and cruelty to a dog. Officers blocked off North Minneapolis between 18th and 19th streets for about two hours while they focused their efforts on one house.
Officers were seen taking cover behind a police SUV parked in the driveway. At a couple points, they had their guns drawn on the house.
About 20 people stood across the street watching while officers tried to negotiate – using a megaphone – with the person they thought was inside. At any given time, about six people had their cellphones up using Facebook Live to narrate to their friends what was happening. An officer who was patrolling outside had to ask several times for neighbors to back up.
Several of them said they heard a dog had been stabbed.
Officers eventually made their way inside the house with a police dog. Several minutes later, officers left the house and walked toward the backyard and neighboring houses before they started leaving.
An officer on the scene said they weren’t successful in finding the suspect. She confirmed a dog was being treated, but wouldn’t confirm if it had been stabbed.
Laronda Brown said the neighborhood is usually quiet, and seeing a police stand-off like Thursday’s is unusual. One woman said she doesn’t live in the neighborhood but drove by to watch.
Brown said two men live in the house, one younger and one older, and it was believed amongst their neighbors that police were looking for the younger man.
Wichita police said they would give more information Friday.