Crime

Hours-long standoff with robbery suspect near Westport ends with apparent suicide

Kansas City police say a man apparently killed himself after an hours-long standoff with officers that began when they came to serve a warrant for the man’s arrest on a felony drug charge from Macon County.
Kansas City police say a man apparently killed himself after an hours-long standoff with officers that began when they came to serve a warrant for the man’s arrest on a felony drug charge from Macon County.

Kansas City police said an hours-long standoff with a robbery suspect in the attic of a house Thursday ended when the man was found dead, apparently from suicide.

Officers had arrived about 4:45 p.m. at the house in the 900 block of West 42nd Street with a warrant for the man’s arrest on a felony drug charge from Macon County.

Police were also seeking the man in connection with numerous burglaries and armed robberies in the midtown area, according to a statement from Darin Snapp, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.

The man refused to surrender and fled into the attic of the house, police said. Negotiators were called to the scene, and a standoff lasted until shortly after 8 p.m., when officers found the man dead inside the attic.

Police said it appeared the man had killed himself. The Police Department did not immediately release the man’s name.

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