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Man dies at hospital after shooting himself during standoff in Belton

Belton Pol
Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-02 09:38:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo — A man armed with a gun Thursday caused a Belton elementary school to lockdown and school bus routes to change.

The standoff lasted about five hours and ended when the man shot himself, Belton police said.

He died at a hospital, according to Belton police.

The standoff began when Belton police officers were called to a residence at 12:45 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of Hargis Lane, police said.

Police were told there was a disturbance involving a gun.

A female at the residence escaped before police arrived “and was taken to a secure location by officers,” Belton police said.

The gunman also was at the residence.

Belton police placed Gladden Elementary School on lockdown as a precaution.

Bus routes were changed to ensure student safety and avoid the area, police said.

The area is back open.