In what is being described as a police standoff, Riley County police report the case, which lasted several hours, ended in the self-inflicted death of a 22 year old Manhattan man. The victim has been identified as Derrick Outten of Lundin Drive.
According to a Riley County police press release early Tuesday morning, a little after seven Monday night the RCPD received a 911 call from Bianca Outten stating her husband was in her apartment armed with a handgun and threatening to harm himself. Starting as a domestic dispute, the caller stated she was out of the apartment and there was no one else in the apartment.
Patrol Officers responded to the scene and had a quick conversation with Outten, before calling in assistance from the Emergency Response Unit Negotiations Team and Tactical Team. The tenants in the apartment complex were evacuated and a standoff ensued while negotiators tried to talk the lone man out of the apartment in an effort to get him mental health care. Negotiators lost contact with Derrick Outten and were never able to reinitiate communication.
The Junction City Police Department was called and lent their assistance by responding with an armored vehicle. Under the protection of the armored vehicle, Negotiators and Tactical Team members were able to move in closer to the building and used a public address system to try to reinitiate communication.
With the loss of communication and no signs of being able to reinitiate negotiations, the tactical team introduced gas into the apartment. A short time later a shot was heard from within the apartment. After a waiting period Tactical Officers made entry into the apartment and found the victim with a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Emergency Medical Technicians and the Manhattan Fire Department were on scene and went to render first aid. Outten was found to be deceased and was later pronounced dead at the scene by the County Coroner’s office.