Police Take Standoff Suspect Into Custody

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wichita police are questioning a man who was taken into custody after a standoff at a gas station.

It began at a Shell Gas Station in the 1400 block of N. Market late Tuesday night. Authorities said a 39-year-old man walked into the store, telling employees and customers he had explosives in his backpack.

One of the clerks notified police about the situation. The man refused to leave the store when officers arrived.

SWAT team members and the bomb squad was called to the scene for assistance. Authorities cordoned off the area as a safety precaution.

The suspect was taken into custody about three hours later after a canine unit cornered the man. He received minor injuries during the struggle.

Officials did not find any explosives on the man. Police do not have a motive for the disturbance.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers tell KAKE News streets that had been closed due to a standoff and bomb threat in north Wichita are now back open.

The threat made by a robbery suspect forced police to close 13th Street between Park Place and Emporia and Broadway between 12th Street and 14th Street.

Police are interviewing the suspect, who was taken into custody early Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Wichita police SWAT team working a standoff at the Shell service station at 13th Street and Broadway Street. Officials say the call came in just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday as a report of a Robbery.

Officials say the man has a backpack he's claimed contains some sort of explosive device. He has let everyone leave the building and there have been no injuries.

Residents in the area report they're being evacuated from their homes. All lanes of 13th Street are closed between Park Place and Emporia. All lanes of Broadway are closed between 12th Street and 14 Street.

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