City Council to consider settlement in standoff claims

A standoff between authorities and a man suspected of firing shots at a Wichita Kmart is continuing at an apartment complex.
A standoff between authorities and a man suspected of firing shots at a Wichita Kmart is continuing at an apartment complex.

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WICHITA, Kansas – The City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposed settlement with some of the residents displaced by last July’s standoff at the Southlake Village apartments.

A 32-hour standoff between Wichita police and suspect Jared Woosypiti ended with Woosypiti dead and many damaged apartments in the building where he had barricaded himself.

The city’s law department proposed a $20,000 settlement for all claims, according to a department memo, a number some residents found to be low.

“I think it should be more, at least 30, 40 thousand to really help them out with all the furniture that they lost, baby clothes, and all that stuff,” said Judy Benbrook, who lives in one of the neighboring buildings at Southlake Village.

“$20,000 is a lot of money, but it’s not enough because there were six residents and their homes are completely decimated, like, it’s all gone,” Samantha Walker, another resident, added.

The proposed settlement is not “an admission of liability,” according to the memo. The item is on the council’s consent agenda, meaning that it will likely be approved without discussion Tuesday.

Residents say city leaders should do something for the residents whose lives were disrupted by the standoff.

“[The city needs] to come up with something to help them out because it wasn’t their fault he was causing all the trouble,” Benbrook said.

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