A 39-year-old man arrested after a standoff Wednesday with Ellis County law enforcement made a first appearance in court Thursday on an arrest affidavit for suspicion of criminal trespass, criminal damage and unlawful use of a firearm.
Lance Allen Schmeidler, 34, remained in the Ellis County Jail as of late Thursday morning. Bond was set at $15,000.
At about 4:33 p.m. Wednesday, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of unlawful discharge of a firearm in the 2200 block of Feedlot Road, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
In addition to the sheriff’s office, the Hays Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the location north of Catharine, where authorities established a perimeter around the property. Also responding was Ellis County EMS, Ellis County Rural Fire and Darrel Goheen, of Hays Drone Service.
According to radio scanner traffic, Schmeidler was seen in and around a vehicle and a shed, occasionally shooting a handgun and either a shotgun or rifle.
Law enforcement was not fired upon, nor was there any exchange of gunfire, an Ellis County Undersheriff told The Hays Daily News.
Schmeidler was arrested at 8:13 p.m.
Schmeidler is not unknown to law enforcement in Ellis County, with misdemeanor drug arrests and convictions in 2002 and 2015.
In July 2012, he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault and criminal threat for pointing a knife at a woman and threatening to beat her. In that case, he pleaded no contest to three charges of assault and was sentenced to 12 months probation.
In August 2016, he was arrested after leading police on a pursuit in Hays. He was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and driving while suspended. Those charges were dropped and he pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.