Man arrested in Barton County after standoff with sheriff’s officers


GREAT BEND, Kansas – Barton County Sheriff’s officers responded to standoff an 490 SE. 58th Avenue Thursday after a person reported a domestic situation.

The victim told officials there was a subject threatening people with firearms.

Upon arrival, sheriff’s officers made contact with the suspect, Travis Beal, 38 of rural Ellinwood.

Officers were unable to convince Beal to exit the residence.

Beal indicated that he was armed and that he was not going to surrender to the officers.

After a short standoff, Beal attempted to get to another room in the residence where firearms were located, at which time he was overpowered by sheriff’s deputies and taken into custody.

Beal was placed under arrest and taken to the Barton County Jail,

He was charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He’s being held in lieu of a $40,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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