Ex-military man in custody following standoff

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By Shane Farley
October 1, 2013 - 5:58:59 pm

An hours-long standoff along one of Winfield’s busiest streets, ended peacefully Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of a local man.

Around 4 p.m., the man, who was not identified by name, was taken into custody on two misdemeanor charges. He will be booked into jail first and then put in contact with mental health professionals, police chief Danny Parker said.

He said the man was ex-military and may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Friends of the man said he had previously worked as a prison guard and was in his late 20s.

Around 8:45 a.m. the incident began when police responded to a report of shots fired. They arrived to find a handgun and spent casings at a home in the 1400 block of E. Ninth.

The gun was not fired at anyone and no injuries were reported.

Officers attempted to make contact with the resident and the standoff began when he refused to cooperate. SWAT personnel from this area, including Cowley, Sumner and Sedgwick counties, were eventually called to the scene.

Portions of Ninth Ave. and other streets in the vicinity were closed to traffic while the standoff was resolved.

Parker said a SWAT vehicle from Wichita eventually began communicating with the man and provided a number for him to call. He surrendered a short time later.

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