TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Just before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Marshals and Topeka Police were able to get a wanted felon, carrying a gun, off a roof.
Thomas Kent, 43, of Topeka was being sought by the United States Marshals Service on an underlying weapons violation charge.
The incident began around 7:00 p.m. at what police are referring to as a quad-plex, in the 3600 block of Skyline Drive. That’s near the intersection of 36th and Eveningside Drive, on the southwest side of Topeka.
When officers arrived on scene, Kent fled onto the roof of the building. According to law enforcement, Kent became uncomfortable due to temperatures being at or near freezing, and surrendered at around 8:00 p.m.
Police tell KSNT News that the man was a wanted felon, being sought by U.S. Marshals. It took almost an hour, but Marshals and Police were able to get the man to come down from the roof without shots being fired or anyone getting hurt.
This incident is still being investigated. KSNT will update this story as information becomes available.