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Lucas man in custody after standoff Monday

12/17/2007

By WILL MANLY

By WILL MANLY

Hays Daily News

LUCAS -- A 49-year-old Lucas man was taken into custody and will receive a mental evaluation after a car chase and standoff Monday that crossed county lines and ended at a feedlot shed in southeast Osborne County.

No serious injuries or property damage were reported.

"It went, really, as well as could be expected," said Lt. Scottie Becker of the Osborne County Sheriff's office. "We're very fortunate the way things turned out for us."

The man, who was not identified, had fled from a Lucas location to a shed at Blue Hill Feeders. According to a press release, the man had threatened to commit suicide and was believed to be armed.

At least once during the standoff, the man confronted law enforcement officers; officers shot him with bean bag rounds, and he retreated to the shed.

"He was popping in and out of his building for a couple of hours before he finally decided to give up," Becker said.

The man was taken into custody without further incident just before 2 p.m. Monday, Becker said.

A pistol and a semi-automatic rifle were recovered at the scene, police said.

Russell County authorities took him into custody and said he was transported to receive a mental evaluation, although it was not clear where he was transported.

About 20 officers from the Russell and Osborne County sheriff's offices, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Highway Patrol worked the case, Becker said.

Will Manly is a reporter for The Hays Daily News and The Stir. He can be reached at (785) 628-1081, Ext. 139, or by e-mail at will@thestironline.com.