After a standoff lasting several hours, Kansas City, Kan., police Tuesday afternoon decided to back off without attempting to force entry into a house to arrest a man wanted on several warrants.
Police said they decided to de-escalate the situation and end the standoff because the severity of the warrants did not justify the possibility that someone could get hurt.
The incident began about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday when the U.S. Marshals Service went to arrest a man at a house at 57th Street and Parallel Parkway.
The man refused to comply, and the marshals backed off.
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Police tactical officers were called in and set up a perimeter around the residence while negotiators attempted to persuade the man to come out.
Around 2 p.m., police commanders called off the standoff.
According to court and prison records, Gregory Andrews, a man who lives at that address, is listed on the Kansas sex offender registry. He was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child in 2012, according to the records. He is currently listed as an absconder from parole and was being sought on a parole violation in the indecent liberties case.
Police said he was also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.
The house is known for several large signs in the yard with anti-government and anti-police messages, as well as Bible verses.
“Wyco D.A. CORRUPT,” one sign reads. “Judges, lawyers, police will be rooted out.” Others condemn judges, the police and the government for being corrupt.