Man allegedly threatened to harm hostage

A Leavenworth man surrendered to police following an armed standoff that lasted several hours, a police spokesman said.

No injuries were reported.

The incident began at 8:36 a.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Cheyenne Street.

Police officers were asked to check on the welfare of a person at a residence. When officers arrived, a 37-year-old man who was armed with a handgun came to the door. The man allegedly threatened officers. He also reportedly threatened to do harm to a hostage at the residence, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

Nicodemus said the hostage was an acquaintance of the suspect.

Members of the Leavenworth Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics and crisis negotiation teams responded.

Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance.

Officers communicated with the suspect, who surrendered to police at 1:43 p.m.

In addition to the suspect and hostage, a third person was in the house at the time of the standoff. Nicodemus said police were trying to determine Tuesday if this third person also was a hostage.

“We’re still doing some interviews,” Nicodemus said.

Nicodemus would not comment about what may have sparked the incident.

The suspect reportedly had been staying at the home where the standoff occurred.

In addition to charges the suspect likely will face as a result of Tuesday’s standoff, he also had arrest warrants for unrelated charges, Nicodemus said.

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