Report of shots fired leads into overnight incident-UPDATE

Reports of shots fired leads into overnight incident
TOPEKA, Kan.-
Update** A female from inside the residence was able to exit safely through a second story window to first responders and taken to be checked by medical personnel for any reactions with the chemical agents introduced into the residence. First responders then entered the residence and located a deceased male subject inside. A deceased female subject has also been located inside the residence. Identifications will not be released until next of kin can be notified.**

TPD responded to a report of a possible gunshot heard in the 3500 Blk SE 7th townhomes on January 4th at approximately 9:30 p.m. The caller reported hearing what was possibly a gunshot and then a female yelling.
Officers arrived and were able to observe an individual down inside but were unable to gain entry or to determine the extent of the individuals injuries due gunshots being fired from inside the residence toward responding officers.
TPD, Shawnee Sheriff, Shawnee County Park Police, Lawrence Police and Kansas Highway Patrol and other Law Enforcement Agencies came into the area and set a perimeter. TPD Crisis Negotiators and Response Team were called in to stabilize the incident.
Neighboring affected residences have been evacuated and the Red Cross has been called to assist residents and first responders.
Negotiators attempted to make contact and briefly spoke with the subject inside who threatened to fire at any first responders.
The individual continues to shoot out towards first responders sporadically through this incident timeframe.
Identification on the individual armed inside the residence is yet to be determined.
The area on Rice Rd between 6th and 8th has been closed for an undetermined amount of time.
The situation is still active, and very dangerous- please avoid the area.

Contact: LT Colleen Stuart cstuart@topeka.org

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