After hours-long standoff at Mission apartment complex, man in police custody

Officers at the command post set up to manage the standoff in Mission early Monday morning.
Officers at the command post set up to manage the standoff in Mission early Monday morning.

Emergency law enforcement crews were on the scene of an incident at the Wellington Club Apartments in Mission this morning.

Police from Mission, Shawnee, Roeland Park and Lenexa were involved in the response. Preliminary reports suggested the units were responding to a report of a man with a gun, but those reports are unconfirmed.

The apartments are near the intersection of Foxridge Drive and 51st Street. Traffic is still moving on Foxridge Drive, but officers have part of 51st Street blocked off. A law enforcement command post was established at the scene.

8:05 a.m. UPDATE: Capt. David Moloy of the Mission Police Department told members of the media that the incident started shortly after midnight when police received a call from the apartments in the 5000 block of Broadmoor. A woman called 911 to report a disturbance with a male in the apartment. The woman was able to leave the apartment when police arrived on the scene or shortly after that, but the male remained inside. The woman told police that he had a weapon.

A tactical unit from Lenexa was called and set up a command post at the apartments. Officers were in communication with the man throughout the early morning hours, but he remained in the apartment until he voluntarily surrendered without incident at 7:33 a.m. He is currently in custody and police are leaving the area.

Police did not evacuate the building, but did have officers stationed in the corridors near where the man was refusing to leave so that they could keep other residents away. Moloy said police did not know whether the man, in his 20s, was a resident of the apartments or not at this point.

Police sent pepper spray through the apartment’s windows to try to get the man to exit at points during the morning hours, but it did not drive him out.