Suspects arrested following nearly 9 hour long standoff in southeast Kansas

MULBERRY, Kan. – Police in Mulberry, Kansas arrest two people following a standoff. According to the KBI, information was developed leading authorities to believe William Patton and Kaitlyn McMurry were inside the home.

The KBI’s high risk warrant team, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Pittsburg Police Department’s special response team and Mulberry Police were all on scene.

Patton and McMurry were wanted on several charges from Allen, Woodson and Crawford Counties in Kansas. Patton is also a suspect in a police chase in Joplin.

Authorities got to the home in Mulberry, Kansas before 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 23. As the afternoon and evening continued, authorities deployed tear gas at least once and called several times on the loud speaker, asking them to surrender peacefully and to come out the front door.

At one point, a drone was used to look around the house.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m., authorities deployed what sounded like flash bangs to the KOAM photographer on scene, and entered the home.

Around an hour later, police arrested two people who were later confirmed to KOAM as being Patton and McMurry.

McMurry was arrested for her outstanding warrants and was taken to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking. Patton was taken to Ascension Via Christi, in Pittsburg, for treatment relating to possible exposure to cold and personal medical concerns. He received treatment and was released a short time later, according to the Pittsburg Police Department.

Police took Patton to the Crawford County Jail where he was booked on the following charges stemming from an incident, which occurred in Pittsburg on December 31 , 2019: Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Criminal Threat, Felony Theft, and Intimidation of a Victim/Witness.

Patton was also arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Felony Interference with Law Enforcement; charges which stemmed from the January 19, 2020 incident in Pittsburg.

Patton had an outstanding no bond warrant for his arrest out of Woodson County, related to felonious acts committed in Woodson County, Kansas. Patton is currently being held without bond.

Mulberry, Kan. scene

Mulberry, Kan. – Jan. 23, 2020

The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 2311 700, or at our automated tip line, (620) 231 -TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

Mugshots of Kaitlyn McMurry and William T. Patton

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