Two people found dead in west Wichita home; standoff ends peacefully

Updated: 12:30 p.m. — Police were following up on the deaths when they encountered a man armed with a handgun and making suicidal statements in the 1200 block of North Woodrow, Lt. Aaron Moses said during a news briefing at around 11:45 a.m.

Moses said the man was outside and police were trying to talk with him, but he didn’t know if the man was responding.

Updated: Man is in custody after police standoff near where two found dead in Riverside

He didn’t know whether the man was linked to the two people found dead in a home a block to the south. However, a woman with the family of at least one victim had been crying out that, “I don’t want (the police) to shoot my dad.”

The 911 call about the two people found dead happened at 7:32 a.m. The man with the handgun was found at 10:12 a.m.

Chief Sullivan said the “situation had been peacefully resolved” at about 12:30 p.m.

Update, 11:25 a.m. — Wichita Police Chief Sullivan is asking drivers to avoid 13th Street between Garland and McLean Boulevard, which will be shut down. He said officers are “still working a standoff.”

Update, 11:05 a.m. — Wichita police are asking residents who live between the 1000 and 1300 blocks of Woodrow to “Shelter In Place” until further notified. Police Chief Joe Sullivan also asked the public to stay away from the 1200 block of Woodrow “for your safety and the safety of our officers.”

Update, 9:37 a.m. — A 58-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were the only two people in the house, Wichita police said. At the scene, Officer Kristopher Gupilan would not say how they died, what their relationship is or whether they were the owners of the house.

A woman dropping off a child found the door locked. It’s usually unlocked, Gupilan said. She looked in the window and saw two people slumped over, he said, and alerted family, who called 911.

Update, 9:14 a.m. — A woman, who said she was the daughter of one of the victims, said her mother ran a daycare for the past eight years out of the Riverside home. Neighbors say the woman was well-liked.

Naomi Duncan has lived across the street from the woman for several years. The woman frequently took children to a nearby park.

“She didn’t know a stranger. Loved the kids.”

Original story

Two people have died in Riverside where EMS was requested, according to a Sedgwick County Emergency Communications supervisor.

It wasn’t clear at around 8:30 a.m. Monday how they died. No one was in custody at that time, the supervisor said.

The call to 911, asking for EMS, came at 7:32 a.m. to the 1100 block of North Woodrow, which is near 13th and West River Boulevard.