(St. Joseph, Mo.) One man is in custody after a five hour standoff with police Thursday morning.
According to Captain Jeff Wilson, with the St. Joseph Police Department, at approximately 6:45 a.m. officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 2800 block of Angelique Street. When officers arrived on scene it was confirmed the suspect was still inside the residence.
“The officers that were working this area have been working on several cases of burglaries in the area and were able to identify the suspect," Wilson said. "They made contact with the suspect through the back door, but the suspect was able to barricaded himself inside the residence."
Wilson said based on past information, officers believed the suspect was armed at the time of break in and the St. Joseph Police Special Response Team (SRT) was brought to the scene at around 7:20 a.m. The name of the suspect has not been released, but he is identified as a 27-year-old white male.
The man then quickly barricaded himself inside the attic of the home and kicked out an attic vent, leaving an area exposed to the outside, which officers then used to their advantage.
“As this progressed the members of the team was utilizing, what we refer to as, less lethal munitions. What that constitutes as is the use of gas and things of that nature to try to constrict the space that is available to the suspect and drive him out of the residence,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the elevation of the property caused difficulties for the officers, but the SRT received a ladder truck provided by the St. Joseph Fire Department to gain access to the suspect.
The man armed himself with boards from the attic of the home, before surrendering to police shortly before 11 a.m. The man was taken into police custody and treated for eye irritation from the gasses and was evaluated after being tasered by officers while being detained. The man was then transported to the jail to be investigated for burglary and resisting arrest.