Lawrence Police Department’s crisis team takes homicide suspect into custody after standoff

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Post last updated at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23:

The Lawrence Police Department’s crisis response team took a man wanted in connection with a Wichita homicide into custody on Wednesday afternoon following an overnight standoff.

Law enforcement officers were at the scene of Meadowbrook Apartments, near Bob Billings Parkway and Iowa Street, through much of the day Wednesday. Police were notified around 11 p.m. Tuesday that a suspect in a Wichita homicide was believed to be inside an apartment there, according to a media release from LPD.

“While working to gather more information from our partners in Wichita, officers with our department set up a perimeter on the apartment building, and gathered information that led investigators to believe the suspect was present,” according to the release.

“The apartment building in question was evacuated for everyone’s safety during the time the subject was refusing to exit his apartment,” Sgt. Drew Fennelly said via email.

Crisis negotiators reached the man by phone, and he voluntarily left the residence and surrendered at approximately 3:30 pm., Fennelly said.

The man, 63-year-old Kevin L. Harris, of Lawrence, was turned over to investigators from the Wichita Police Department, according to the release.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and Topeka Police assisted with the incident, according to the release.

“The intense heat presented several significant challenges, but we are thankful to report that this incident in Lawrence did not lead to any injuries or require anyone to be medically treated,” according to the release.

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times Law enforcement vehicles at the scene of an incident at Meadowbrook Apartments, Aug. 23, 2023.
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