KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Dozens of residents in rural KCK returned home several hours after their street was blocked off following two home break-ins and a police standoff.
Investigators say a man in his early 30s is in custody after he first broke into a house and exchanged gunfire with the two people inside. Police aren’t sure who had a gun or fired at whom, but they do know no one was hurt.
It all began shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday near 123rd Street and Leavenworth Avenue, on a rural road in the Piper neighborhood.
“I’m not sure who was shooting or where the shots fired came into the picture, we just know there were shots fired when this call came out,” Kansas City, Kansas Police Officer Amber Hickerson said.
Investigators say the intruder then ran and broke into a second house, where he barricaded himself inside. Police blocked off streets and access to the neighborhood and began telephone negotiations with the suspect.
“We get a landline, a phone number for the party that’s barricaded themselves and just basically try to talk them into coming outside peacefully so that nothing further has to arise from this,” Ofc. Hickerson said.
Just before 5 p.m., police say the man turned himself in.
“We were able to talk him out of the residence peacefully and he was taken into custody,” Ofc. Hickerson said.
Fox 4 spoke with a teenager who lives on the street where this happened. He said he had a scary situation just the night before when a strange man tried to let himself in his stepmother’s home.
“She was on the front porch unlocking the door and the guy was randomly behind her up on the porch. He walked up behind her up onto the porch and so she was flipping out so she opened the door and locked in,” Nathan Young said.
The teen said the man told him he thought he was welcome at the home. The boy asked him to leave.
“You need to go. You’re scaring people you need to go. You need to go. And he walked away, that was it,” Young told him.
The family did not call police and aren’t sure if there’s any connection to Thursday’s standoff, but two scary situations back to back are making the new residents uneasy about recently moving into this neighborhood.
“This has never happened to her. She’s scared because it’s her first house by herself and then something like that happened, she’s really scared,” Young said of his stepmother.
Police say the suspect in Thursday’s incident was checked out by EMS who ruled the man wasn’t hurt. Officers say no injuries and a person in custody is the ideal outcome following an hours-long standoff.