Pratt standoff ends, no injuries


PRATT, Kan. (KSNW) – The Pratt Police Department says a standoff situation at the American Inn in Pratt has ended.

Around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Pratt police officers were sent to the inn to investigate a man with a handgun who was suicidal.

Police say the man was reported to be very agitated and extremely intoxicated. Witnesses reported the man was destroying property inside his room and the window.

When officers arrived, they say it quickly became clear the man was not willing to cooperate with them. He barricaded himself in the room.

They called for help from the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office and the special response team (SRT).

During the standoff, Chief Nate Humble said the scene was under control, and there was no immediate threat to the general public. However, police asked community members to avoid the area as they tried to maintain a safe perimeter.

Police say the Pratt County SRT assessed the situation and came up with a plan to approach the suspect in the room. They say they first tried to talk him into surrendering. When that failed, SRT entered the room and took the suspect into custody.

Police say they safely apprehended the suspect without injury to the suspect, police or the public.

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