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WINFIELD, Kansas – Winfield police have taken a suspect who holed up in his home for several hours Tuesday into custody.
The incident started after an altercation between two family members early Tuesday morning. Around 8:20 a.m., one of them, a white male around 30 years old, fired several gunshots in the air before going into his home on the 1400 block of E. 9th Avenue.
When Winfield police tried to contact the man at his home, they discovered a handgun and several spent shell casings and retreated from the home, setting up a perimeter and calling in several SWAT teams and other neighboring police agencies to help coax the suspect to surrender.
Those SWAT teams used an armored vehicle with a bullhorn to make contact with the suspect around 4 p.m., when he surrendered without incident.
“This is our goal, for everyone to come out safely, not only him, but the officers as well,” Winfield police chief Danny Parker said. “This is the best you could hope for.”
According to police, the suspect is a war veteran who may have been experiencing an episode of post-traumatic stress disorder. He was booked into the Cowley County Jail on suspicion of public disturbance and maintaining a nuisance, but authorities said they were more concerned about the suspect’s mental well-being.
“His mental condition is our biggest concern right now,” Parker said. “The main thing is to get him some mental help right now. The charges he has pending are not serious charges.”