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Independence police end standoff, arrest suspect during traffic stop

Child barricaded with suspect safe after incident
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Independence Standoff
Independence Standoff
Posted at 5:32 AM, Nov 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-16 12:28:58-05

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence police said an hours-long standoff involving a possibly armed suspect and a child has been resolved peacefully.

“The suspect from the barricade has been taken into custody and the baby is safe,” the Independence Police Department tweeted at 10:55 a.m. “This was a result of a vehicle stop at 24 Hwy and Mayes Rd.”

The Independence Police Department had confirmed earlier that it was engaged in a standoff, which began at 4:17 a.m. Wednesday morning at a residence in the 1000 block of North Aztec Court.

Police made the decision to clear the scene of the standoff around 10 a.m. after nearly six hours of negotiations.

Officers were convinced after conversations with family and friends that the man would not harm the child and decided to back off in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.

Shortly after ending the standoff, the man left with the child and another person in a vehicle, which police followed before initiating a traffic stop in the area of U.S. 24 and Mayes Road.

After a brief negotiation, the man gave the child to officers and was taken into custody. It’s unclear what charges he may face in connection to the original call and subsequent standoff.

The other adult in the vehicle was not arrested, but Independence police closed U.S. 24 in both directions as part of the investigation and to process the vehicle. The road was expected to reopen around noon or shortly after.

Police originally responded to a domestic disturbance involving a man and woman at the residence.

The man had barricaded himself inside the residence with a small child before police arrived, but the woman had exited the house.

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