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Police Take Man Into Custody Following Standoff on Highway 59

The St. Joseph Police have taken a 26-year old man into custody following a three and a half hour standoff on Highway 59.

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 3:41 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2018 4:43 PM

St. Joseph Police have taken a 26-year old man into custody following a three-and-a-half-hour standoff on Highway 59.

Shortly after 9 a.m., St. Joseph police responded to a call for a located stolen vehicle and reported to a home within the 6700 block of south Highway 59. The suspect in possession of the vehicle then barricaded himself inside the home.

After a brief survey of the situation, officers determined the individual had a felony warrant for his arrest and was suspected to be armed at the time.

‘There was information that he was possibly armed, so given that information we took all safety precautions," St. Joseph Police Captain Jeff Wilson said. "We sought out the response of our special response team to negotiate his surrender."

Police first attempted to provoke a response from the suspect through a loudspeaker, asking the suspect to peacefully leave the home, but was unsuccessful.

The special response unit then began removing boards and protective sheets from the back of the home to gain a better view the residence and insert chemical agents to extract the suspect.

“The officers used chemical agents inside the residence to attempt to get him out," Wilson said. "Once they were introduced it was determined that we probably needed to open the front door. So once the officers started to do that, they made contact with the suspect. He was taken into custody without any incident."

The police took the subject into custody shortly before 2 p.m. No injuries were reported as a result of the standoff.

Police do not suspect anyone else resides inside the home and there was no immediate discovery of firearms or illegal materials. The name of the man in custody has not yet been released. The incident remains under investigation by the St. Joseph Police Department.

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