Overbrook standoff ends with two arrests

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said two people were arrested as the result of a standoff in Overbrook that ended without further incident Tuesday evening.

Yesterday at about 1 p.m. a task force made up of officers from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, and deputies from Osage County Sheriff’s Office, went to apartment 103 at  306 Ash, in Overbrook, in attempt to arrest Thomas C. Kent, 39, Topeka, on a Shawnee County warrant for failure to appear at a sentencing hearing on an aggravated weapons violation.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, Kent would not exit the apartment when approached by law enforcement. Numerous attempts to talk Kent into surrendering were unsuccessful, and at about 7:52 p.m. law enforcement officers entered the apartment and took him into custody.

The sheriff reported that after the standoff began, Linda K. Woods, 32, of Topeka, came out of the apartment and was arrested on three felony warrants from Shawnee County. Woods was transported to Shawnee County Department of Corrections.

After Kent’s arrest, a search warrant was served on the apartment and guns and ammunition were found. The sheriff said Kent was known by Osage County and Shawnee County law enforcement officers, which acted under the possibility that he might be armed.

Kent was transported to a local hospital and was then turned over to Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office press release, obstruction charges against Kent are to be forwarded to the Osage County Attorney for prosecution.

During the standoff, occupants of the apartment complex were asked to leave the building and occupants of neighboring houses were asked to use caution.  Arrangements were also made to have school children in the area not walk home or be left at area bus drop off points.

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