Standoff ends with suspect’s arrest and stern warning for unruly observer

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A homicide suspect was taken into custody in KCK Thursday, but not before a standoff with police. A tip led officers to a home on North 48th Terrace and Oak Grove Road at about 10 a.m. A short time later, it was clear he wasn't coming out.

From beginning to end, the standoff was a little less than two hours, but a belligerent group of people and a possibly armed suspect made for some tense times.

"He is a person of interest in a homicide that they are currently investigating." Officer Amber Hickerson said of the standoff suspect.

The homicide happened in late June. Forty-year-old Jose Henriquez died a couple of days later. Police were ready to take as long as needed to end the standoff peacefully.

"We always evacuate the houses nearby so nobody is in immediate danger," said Ofc. Hickerson.

In addition, they blocked off several streets in the neighborhood, and that didn't sit well with some.

"We are here to basically ensure your safety, so if we are telling you we don't want you in an area, we don't want you in that area because there is an imminent threat in that area," cautioned Ofc. Hickerson.

One man didn't want to listen to repeated requests from officers, and he was handcuffed for 'obstruction' and placed in a patrol car.

"It makes our job a little bit more hard and confusing if we have to pay attention to everybody that's running around, so if people would just listen to what we are saying, you know, take our advice, it makes everybody have a better day," Ofc. Hickerson explained.

The suspect gave up a little after 1 p.m. His name isn't being released until he's charged. The man placed in handcuffs was released with a warning.

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