TOPEKA (KSNT) – Police have left a home near 5th and Lincoln in Topeka after having a strong presence there for much of the morning. Earlier, police were using speakers to try to reach a suspect inside a home at 516 SW Lincoln. However, after filling the home with tear gas and searching the home, police found no one.
The Topeka Police Department said Friday morning it is attempting to locate an individual wanted for questioning in an aggravated battery case. Negotiators were on the scene trying to make contact with the person inside the home.
According to a reporter at the scene, law enforcement used two rounds of tear gas and gained entry into the home with a K-9. Officers entered the home with shields and gear.
Police are asking residents to keep away until the incident is resolved.
Law enforcement pulled down the front fence in front of a home, according to a 27 News reporter on the scene. Police have blocked off part of the street as of 7:50 a.m. Friday.
A KSNT 27 News reporter on the scene confirmed law enforcement fired gas into the home, after hearing shots. Although it was not clear where the shots came from.
An official at the scene told a KSNT reporter that law enforcement followed up attempts to get the individual out of the home with more intense tear gas. “It will make your skin feel like it’s coming off,” an officer said.
Topeka police released a statement earlier this morning saying they were looking for a person to question in an aggravated battery case.
This is a developing story.
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