TOPEKA (KSNT) – Police and a SWAT team have ended a Monday afternoon armed standoff with a suspect at a central Topeka home, according to eyewitness reports at the scene.
A KSNT reporter saw police place a ladder alongside the roof, which Steven M. Rule Jr., 36 of Topeka, used to exit the home from the upper level. Police originally surrounded a home located near 108 S.W. Hampton St. around 2 p.m.
Over 15 police cars were present at the scene including a SWAT team, who spent more than four hours negotiating with Rule. A KSNT reporter on the scene said they heard loud bangs from the house, which could have been gunshots or possibly tear gas deployed.
Police first received calls around 12:55 p.m. that there was an erratic driver near SE 15th St. and SE Adams St. Rule reportedly rammed at least one vehicle.
Rule then parked his car and barricaded himself inside a nearby home. Police located the vehicle and surrounded the area.
Topeka police confirmed to a reporter at the scene that Rule didn’t live at the house that he was in, nor did he have authorization to be there.
The standoff finally ended shortly before 5:45 p.m. Rule was arrested and booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on an outstanding felony warrant.