KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A man is in custody and five children are safe after a standoff in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday morning.
Officer Thomas Tomasic with KCKPD tells FOX4 that the man, whom officers suspected was under the influence and armed, had threatened to kill the children, but thankfully a woman who lives at the home in the Welborn Lake area was able to escape and call police.
Special tactical teams and hostage negotiatiors were called in. They eventually talked to the suspect through windows in the home until he surrendered peacefully.
"I don’t know what they were actually arguing about, I just know that they were in a verbal argument," said Zac Blair of the KCK police. "It escalated beyond that. Our victim left the house. She did good with that and called police. She expressed her concerns with that type of situation. We felt most comfortable going this route. It’s just safety is one of our first concerns. We wanted to make sure we deescalated it in a very safe environment. That’s what we did."
The suspect is being evaluated at the hospital while detectives conduct interviews to determine if criminal charges are warranted.
Police brought the children out safely and they were evaluated by paramedics. No one was hurt.
In this case, police say they were successful and in resolving a tense situation without using force. The neighborhood has reopened to normal traffic.
The standoff lasted approximately two and half hours.