Suspect, 2 others die in 11-hour standoff

Posted at 12:17 AM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 01:17:47-05

A standoff near 140th and Miami that started around 11 a.m. on Friday ended nearly more than 11 hours later. 

Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Tom Wheeler says 45-year-old Kenneth Clark was the man holed up in his home for most of the day. Wheeler says it appears Clark died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Wheeler says it seems to have started because of a domestic situation with Clark and his ex-girlfriend. He says the ex-girlfriend came to Clark's home to collect some of her belongings. It appears she was moving out. 

Around 2 p.m. Clark released the woman to police. Officers knew there were two others inside the home. 

Negotiators tried many tactics to get Clark to surrender throughout the day or release the hostages. Wheeler says Clark was emotional throughout the process. He was sobbing at times and praying at others. They were in touch with him via his cell phone. 

Around 10 p.m. they warned Clark they were going to introduce gas. Shortly after, you could hear the booms and see the flashes of the gas canisters being released. Officers then sent in a robot to assess the scene. 

They found the two men and Clark dead inside. Wheeler would not say if the two men were related to Clark or his ex-girlfriend. Wheeler says they did not know for sure the men were dead until they entered the home.