Ottawa man arrested following brief standoff with police

OTTAWA, Kan. (KSNT) – A Kansas man has been taken into custody following a brief standoff with Ottawa police Thursday evening.

The Ottawa Police Department reports that at 4:06 p.m. Thursday, patrol officers were sent to a report of an altercation involving a man with a knife who allegedly stole items from a car. The initial call indicated that the incident began in the parking lot of the Pizza Hut at 2314 S. Princeton. Responders officers located a man fitting the description of the suspect near the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail.

When officers approached the male suspect, he was armed with a knife. He stopped where he was contacted and during the police encounter, he repeatedly threatened the lives of officers on the scene and his own life as well. OPD tells KSNT News the encounter lasted for about one hour.

The suspect ignored numerous requests to drop the knife and surrender to police. He was taken into custody at 5:15 p.m. after suddenly advancing toward a team of officers, with the knife in his hand, while threatening to harm them.  Two less lethal options were used to stop his advance and when officers believed the situation was safer, they approached and took him into custody while he continued to resist arrest. During the arrest, a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was deployed as an additional less lethal option.

The man was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital and examined for evidence of injuries from the use of less lethal force and received treatment for a dog bite.  He was released and taken to the Franklin County Adult Detention Center where he is being held pending bond.

The suspect has been identified as Joseph Crawley, 28, from Ottawa.  Crawley was arrested for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault.

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