INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) – This afternoon, the Independence Police Department was engaged in a standoff with an armed, barricaded person who had a hostage.

According to the police, the situation was happening at a residence in the area of E. 35th Terrace and S. Kendall Drive.

Police were initially called to the area for a disturbance at 11 a.m.

At 3:30 p.m., the police said that the hostage had been rescued and the suspect had been taken into custody. 

They said the scene is now safe.

Additional information will be available to the public "when criminal charges have been filed," the police department said. 

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