Crime & Courts

Body found after standoff in Hutchinson, police say

Update, 5 p.m.

The Hutchinson Police Department is investigating the cause of death after a standoff on Wednesday ended when officers broke down the door and found a man with gunshot wound to the chest.

Chief Jeffrey Hooper said police were called around 10:07 a.m. to 711 E. 10th for a possible suicidal person. He said a woman fled the residence to a neighbor’s home during an altercation that led to a gunshot. Officers, he said, thought they heard another gunshot when they arrived.

The standoff caused Hutchinson School District to lock down the high school along with Faris and McCandless elementary schools. Police also evacuated surrounding homes for two blocks.

Hooper said they kept unsuccessfully trying to contact the man inside.

Around 2:30 p.m., the Reno County Emergency Response Team used an armored vehicle to knock down the front door.

A robot from Sedgwick County then went inside and found the man’s body. Hooper said the man’s name won’t be released until family has been notified.

Hooper said they recovered a handgun from the home. Hooper said they believe the two people were the only ones in the home during the altercation.

“Anytime we have suspicious death or a violent death or anything other than natural causes we treat that scene like a homicide scene until we are able to determine,” Hooper said.

Hooper said the home was the woman’s residence. He was unsure if the man lived there.

Update, 3 p.m.:

Hutchinson schools are being taken off of lockdown and streets around the schools will be reopened to regular traffic, the Reno County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

The Hutchinson Public Schools said in a Facebook post that people at Hutchinson High School, the Educational Services Center, Faris Elementary School and McCandless Elementary School were told to shelter in place “out of an abundance of caution.” Police officers originally responded to a reported domestic incident with possible gunfire, school officials said.

Original story:

The Hutchinson Police Department and Reno County Emergency Response Team have a home surrounded on the 700 block of E. 10th, the Hutchinson Police Department said Wednesday.

Shortly after noon, the official confirmed they were on scene. The person said police responded to a call at 10:07 a.m. Police have not been able to contact anyone inside, she said.

The Hutchinson News reported police responded to a domestic violence call where a shot was fired. The woman escaped without harm but one person remained inside, The News reported.

The location is near the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Just beyond that is Hutchinson High School. The Hutchinson school district posted on Facebook that the high school along with McCandless and Faris elementary schools were on “soft lockdowns.”

“Outside doors are locked and classes continue,” the post stated. “When we have additional information from law enforcement, we will share that information.”

This story will be updated.

Contributing: Jason Tidd of The Eagle