Standoff ends after home found empty

By Adam Strunk

For eight hours area law enforcement surrounded a northeast Newton residence believing it to house an armed and barricaded suspect.

But late Sunday morning law enforcement entered and searched the home, at 711 E. 8th St., and found no one, according to Newton Public Information Officer Erin McDaniel.

The situation started after police responded to a call around 2:30 a.m. reporting gunshots fired at the residence.

According to residents in the area, at the time a?party was in progress at the house.
Police and the Harvey County Emergency Response Team responded and residents on both sides of the property were evacuated.

Those residents were let back into their homes shortly after noon on Sunday, and the Emergency Response Team left the scene.

McDaniel said law enforcement will continue searching for the person involved in the incident, who was not identified.

McDaniel said no one was injured in the incident.

This story will be updated if any information becomes available.



Correction: A previous version of the story listed an incorrect address for the standoff location. We were at the scene, ?and then contacted authorities to confirm the address of the house involved in the standoff.?We were given the incorrect location, but have since updated the story. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.