Crime & Courts

More details in 7-hour-long standoff in west Wichita


A 22-year-old man was arrested early Monday after a 7-hour standoff with Wichita police.

Officers were called to the 1600 block of North Brunswick around 10:30 p.m. Sunday regarding a man who had threatened a 26-year-old woman. That’s near 13th and Ridge Road.

The woman and other members of the family – ages 3 to 50 – were able to safely leave the house, Officer Charley Davidson said Monday.

Police learned the 22-year-old has a mental illness and began talking to him through a door. The man told police he had a handgun in the room and family confirmed.

A SWAT negotiator responded and talked to the man for about two hours before the department called out the rest of the SWAT team. They continued to talk to the man by phone and Facebook for several more hours, Davidson said.

The man eventually surrendered peacefully, Davidson said.

Police found a handgun and several knives in the bedroom, he said.

The 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of criminal threat and resisting arrest at around 5 a.m. Monday.

Nichole Manna: 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna