2 dead after 16-hour police standoff at Kansas townhome

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Police say a man and woman were found dead inside a Kansas townhome after a standoff that lasted nearly 16 hours.

Police say a man barricaded himself inside the home in Topeka and fired at first responders throughout the standoff, which began about 10 p.m. Thursday. The standoff ended around 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police spokeswoman Coleen Stuart says officers found the bodies when they entered the home after chemicals were sent into the apartment.

Another woman in the home was able to escape. She was treated for injuries from the chemicals. The names of the women and the two people found dead haven't been released.

Stuart says the man sporadically shot at first responders through the night and Friday morning. No officers were injured during the incident.

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Authorities say a man is barricaded in a Topeka apartment after he reportedly shot someone else and fired at officers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the standoff started after a girl or young woman was wounded about 9:50 p.m. Thursday. Police Lt. Colleen Stuart says the extent of the victim's injuries is unknown because police aren't able to get inside.

She says negotiators briefly spoke with the man inside who threatened to fire at any first responders. The man continued to shoot out toward first responders sporadically through the night and Friday morning. No officers have been injured. The man hasn't been identified.

Buses were re-routed around the area, which is near the state prison for women. Officers asked the public to stay away, describing the scene as "very dangerous."

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