WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police released more details in a standoff Wednesday afternoon in south Wichita.
Police say standoff began when police went to talk with a man in the 3800 block of S. Broadway at the Elms Apartments. Officers observed him as a suspect from the previous night’s shooting in the 4200 block of S. Broadway.
“They attempted to approach him, the suspect ran into the apartment, at which point barricaded himself in there,” said Lt. James Espinoza, Wichita Police Department.
As officers arrived, a woman left the apartment and was placed into custody.
Officers then fired gas cylinders into the apartment. The police were able to get two others outside, and they were also placed into custody.
The suspect in the shooting and standoff, identified as 33-year-old Bret W. Still, was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. He is facing charges of aggravated battery firearms, criminal discharge of firearm, and resisting arrest.
Three others, identified as 33-year-old Mary A. Martin, 47-year-old Regina F. Mason, and 55-year-old James E. Taylor, were arrested for resisting and obstructing arrest.
After interviewing the suspects, police say they learned more about the shooting Tuesday. It happened at the Kitchenette, which is next to the Elms.
“The victim that was shot was in the car. They decided to drive to Bill and Mary’s to have a drink. That is when the shooting victim fell out of the car,” said Espinoza. “We are talking about individuals who are on narcotics. This is a drug debt.”
Police say there were more than two dozen officers on the scene of the standoff. Officers were at the scene until 11:30 p.m.
Officers say the living conditions at the Elms Apartments are dangerous, and city investigators are looking at the property today.