ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Arkansas City Police asked citizens to remain at least two blocks away from the police station Sunday while they dealt with an armed stand-off.
The police department issued a statement on the Arkansas City Police Department Facebook just before 1 p.m. Sunday, emploring residents to keep a distance away from the area near A Street and Third Street, and from Washington Avenue to Walnut.
Captain Jim Holloway, Arkansas City Patrol Operations, said a 38-year-old man walked into the Arkansas City Police department and struck the door with an ax, alerting officers that someone was inside.
“About two hours of negotiations with the officers through the door, he calmed down and walked out of the police department,” said Holloway. “He was taken into custody by the Southern Kansas Swat team by use of a taser.”
The City of Arkansas updated their post on Facebook, saying at around 3:30 p.m., the “suspect is “now safely in custody,” and that the “situation’s under control.”
The man was checked by EMS and had no injuries. He will be taken for a mental evaluation before he is transported to jail.