Man arrested after Wichita police, SWAT respond to 'mental health crisis'

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police have arrested a man in connection to a domestic dispute incident that happened at a Riverside home on Tuesday.

Officers arrested 52-year-old Frank Manning Wednesday night on charges of criminal use of a weapon, harassment and violation of a protection from abuse order related to an incident in the 100 block of North Amidon on Tuesday.

During that incident, Police and SWAT teams surrounded the home and attempted to negotiate with Manning, who was experiencing a "mental health crisis" and believed to be armed.

Police spokesperson Charley Davidson said a continued investigation led them to conduct a search warrant at the Amidon home where several rifles and shotguns were recovered.

Officers located and arrested Manning without incident in the 900 block of South Pinecrest.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Wichita police say no one was taken into custody after officers and SWAT members responded to a disturbance at a home in Riverside.

Officers first responded to a disturbance call at a home in the 1100 block of North Amidon around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers contacted a 52-year-old man and his elderly parents.

Officer Charley Davidson said the 52-year-old was armed with a handgun and experiencing "a mental health crisis." The call was resolved and officers left the scene. Davidson said no one had been threatened. 

At around 5:15 p.m. officers were contacted again by the same 52-year-old man who was alone and still experiencing a mental health crisis and threatened to damage property at the home.

The man refused to exit the home, and after several hours of negotiations, the district attorney determined the situation did not meet threshold of felony crime. Officers and SWAT cleared the scene. 

Davidson said the Wichita Police Department will following up with the family and further mental health resources for the man. 

"This is an example of the difficult situations that officers face each and every day, especially when addressing the ever-growing issues regarding mental health," Davidson said. 

He said police have had contact with the man before, but he did not elaborate.