Standoff in Overland Park ends after gunfire exchanged between US Marshals, suspect

Published: Mar. 10, 2023 at 6:58 PM CST
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UPDATE: Police: Suspect takes his own life, standoff in Overland Park ends

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KCTV) - Police and U.S. Marshals are in a standoff with a man at Villa Medici Apartments after gunfire was exchanged between the man and a marshal.

It happened at about 5 p.m. at 96th Terrace and Rosewood. That’s near 95th and Nall.

The marshal was not hit by the gunfire. Police initially didn’t know if the man was shot, because he ran into his apartment immediately after. They have been able to reach the man by phone, however. He told them he was shot in the leg, but he still refuses to come out.

Also, the authorities don’t know yet if he was hit by the marshal or if he accidentally shot himself while firing at law enforcement.

Police described what led up to the standoff as follows:

An Overland Park detective came to the apartments with a U.S. marshal to serve a felony arrest warrant. They waited for the man to leave and boxed in his car. That’s when the man fired at them from inside the car. A marshal fired one shot in return, then the man ran back into the apartments.

“People that are inside the apartments, I know this is a very, very dangerous situation and they probably want to leave,” said Overland Park Police Officer John Lacy. “But, their safest place is probably to be inside their apartment at this time.”

The roadblock on one side is right around the corner from a strip mall, where firefighters and medics were on standby.

Marty Barrett lives in the apartments. She stopped by several times to get a sense of when she could go home. She encountered the roadblock as she was heading home after work. She was thrown for a loop when she found out why her apartment was off limits.

“A lot of retired people live there,” she said. “It’s a very quiet community.”

The police department’s negotiator was trying to reach the man, with the help of a family member, to get him to surrender. They didn’t know if anyone was inside the apartment with him.

“We’re asking the people that reside in this apartment complex [to] just have a little bit of patience,” said Lacy. “We know they want to go home. We all want to go home, and we want to stay in peacefully.”

He wouldn’t say what the warrant was for, but said it’s not uncommon for U.S. Marshals to accompany them to serve warrants.