Oct 01, 2022

Wanted Kansas man with sword arrested after standoff

Posted Oct 01, 2022 1:00 AM
Shanstra-photo Atchison County
Shanstra-photo Atchison County

MONTGOMERY COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a wanted Kansas man after a nearly 3-hour standoff.

Just after 9:30p.m. Sept. 28, sheriff's deputies arrived at the Garden Walk apartment complex 1701 N. 10th in Independence, Kansas, to assist police who had received calls that 32-year-old Steven Shanstra of Independence, Kansas had entered one of the apartments with a sword, according to Sheriff Ron Wade.

Officers knew Shanstra had three felony warrants out of Montgomery County. Deputies and Officers entered the apartment with consent by the tenant and attempted to contact Shanstra but heard him barricading the bedroom door.  He refused to come out. Deputies determined Shanstra was the only occupant in the apartment and backed out to start the barricaded subject protocol.

 The county SWAT Team and Members of the Montgomery County Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) arrived and started establishing contact with Shanstra via phone.

At approximately 11:52pm, CNT was able to successfully establish contact with Shanstra via cell phone. At midnight, CNT was able to talk Shanstra out of the apartment and took him into custody.

Deputies booked him on all three felony warrants for aggravated failure to appear, according to Wade.