MANHATTAN, KS (KSNT) – Riley County police fired rubber bullets at an elderly man today after he was reportedly wandering around a neighborhood waving a gun in the air.
According to a recent release from the Riley County Police Department, an officer was responding to a person experiencing a mental health crisis in the 1000 block of Bluemont when an elderly man approached the officer and pointed a gun at him. The officer retreated and put the person he was with into a nearby patrol car for their own safety.
More officers responded to the scene and determined that the second individual was also experiencing a mental health crisis. The public was notified to avoid the area and nearby schools were informed about the situation. The entire 1000 block of Bluemont Ave. was closed as K-State University police and Riley County EMS responded to the scene as well.
Officers spoke with the man for an hour in attempts to resolve the situation peacefully. Shortly after noon, the man displayed two separate weapons to the police which caused them to deploy three less-lethal impact munitions, 40 mm rubber bullets, that hit him and allowed officers to take him into custody.
The man, who has been identified as Stanley Edward Hoerman, 79, of Manhattan, was taken to Via Christi for further evaluation and later released back to the RCPD.