KBI and Iola Police Respond To Incident Involving Suicidal Subject

ALLEN COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Iola Police Department responded to an incident involving a suicidal subject Monday night in Iola.

The incident began on Feb. 4 just before 10 p.m. when the Iola Police Department received multiple calls reporting a suicidal female who lived in the 600 block of north 1st St. in Iola. Upon arriving at the residence, officers observed a 29-year-old female who was barricaded in the house with a gun. Also in the house were her three minor children.

The Iola Police Department requested assistance from the KBI around 10:30 p.m. The KBI High Risk Warrant Team responded. Negotiators made repeated attempts to convince the woman to come out of the house, and to allow her three children, who were situated in another area of the house, to leave. For most of the interaction, the subject held a gun to her head and threatened to shoot herself.

The standoff ended at approximately 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, when the woman shot herself. The High Risk Warrant Team immediately entered the house and quickly secured the children.

EMS rendered aid to the woman. She was taken to the Allen County Regional Hospital, and was later transferred to another medical facility, where she remains on life support.

No further information will be released at this time.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.