KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have ended a standoff in downtown Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon.
Kansas City Police Department spokesperson Donna Drake said officers responded to an armed barricaded person near West 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue Tuesday afternoon.
Drake said there was a disturbance between a tenant and an apartment manager. The tenant came out with a gun as officers arrived and then went back inside.
KCPD said some residents were evacuated, some were contacted by police and chose to shelter in place.
“I had a meeting just two blocks down and then on my way back I literally walked in and there were cops everywhere” Ebrima Abraham Sisay who Lives at Power and Light Apartments said.
“They had the place locked down for a little bit – there actually people still in the building” Ben Graber who Lives at Power and Light Apartments said.
“It actually turned out well because nobody ended up dead or anything” Graber said.
Police tried to de-escalate the situation and called in the crisis response team to resolve the incident peacefully.
Negotiators made contact with the tenant’s family and quickly learned they may be going through some crisis at this time and may be in need of medical attention.
Police said around 6:30 p.m. they made the decision to end negotiations to not escalate the situation any further.
KCPD’s Crisis Intervention Squad will be following up and attempting to contact the tenant at a later time. They are currently in contact with family in order to decide the best course of action.
The assault on the property manager/victim was minor with no injuries and no medical attention needed, according to police.
The tenant did not point the firearm at officers or any victims, police say. There has been no threat to harm themselves or anyone else.
Several streets were blocked off in the downtown area, including West 14th Street between Broadway Boulevard to Main Street, and segments of 13th Street.