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Update: Wichita SWAT standoff ends with an 87-year-old man in the hospital

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After a nearly 10-hour standoff with an 87-year-old man in south Wichita, police went in with a police dog and took him into custody.

The man had reportedly been making suicidal statements and pointed a gun at himself and police.

Wichita police were called around 7:45 a.m. Friday to a house on 58th Street near Broadway about a man making suicidal comments. A Wichita Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, vehicle was later dispatched to the scene.

The man, who was in a building beside a home, pointed a handgun at himself and at police, Officer Charley Davidson said.

Wichita police used distance, time and communication to try to keep the man from harming himself or anyone else, Davidson said.

At some point Friday afternoon, communication between negotiators and the man broke down. Around 5:15 p.m., Wichita police entered the building with a police dog, Davidson said.

Police successfully removed the man from his home without anyone being shot. But the man had to be taken to the hospital for minor injuries from the police dog’s bites, Davidson said.

“We are glad that this ended peacefully,” Davidson said. “And we continue to evaluate the situation and work the situation.”

Chance Swaim won the Betty Gage Holland Award in 2018 for distinguished service to honor and protect the integrity of public dialogue on America’s college campuses. He has been a news reporter for The Wichita Eagle since 2018. You can contact him at 316-269-6752 and cswaim@wichitaeagle.com.
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