Salina police: Murder suspect arrested following standoff

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SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) — Salina police and U.S. Marshals got information that Nelson Hull III, a murder suspect, was in a home at 511 E. Stimmel Road Wednesday.

Law enforcement surrounded the home and used a public address system to order Hull to come out. Salina’s SWAT team and the Kansas Highway Patrol say they spent 2 1/2 hours trying to get him to come out.

(Courtesy Saline County Jail)

They eventually sprayed or shot chemical agents into the home. They say Hull came out a short time later and surrendered. He was arrested around 5:10 p.m.

Julie Ecton lives at the home and was arrested. Police say she was booked on suspicion of obstructing apprehension or prosecution, which is a felony.

Courtney Hoffman (Courtesy: Salina Police Department)

The Salina Police Department had been looking for Hull in connection to the shooting death of Courtney Ann Hoffman, 36. She was found in a car in the 700 block of N. 4th Street on Feb. 23.

The United States Marshals Service says the Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (KFATF) learned Hull was likely hiding in Salina. The KFATF made the arrest with the help of Salina police and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“Successfully working with state and local agencies is vital to our continued success in apprehending violent fugitives,” said Ronald Miller, US Marshal for the District of Kansas, in a statement.

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