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KBI takes Russell man into custody after standoff, struggle





RUSSELL -- After several hours of attempting to talk a Russell man into surrendering peacefully Sunday, a special Kansas Bureau of Investigation team apparently stormed the house and captured him after a brief struggle.

The man, according to a statement issued by Russell County Sheriff John Fletcher, was identified as Clayton Becker, who reportedly has a number of outstanding felony warrants calling for his arrest.

On Sunday, authorities were told Becker was in a residence in the 900 block of East Seventh in Russell and had been telling people "that he was going to shoot it out with law enforcement or kill himself," the release states.

That's when the KBI started monitoring phone calls and the sheriff's office started tracking his cellular phone.

His location was confirmed, and officers set up a perimeter around the house, calling in the Russell County Sheriff's Special Operations Group, the KBI's High Risk Warrant Team and the Russell Police Department.

Becker barricaded himself in the house, and authorities tried for several hours to get him to surrender.

Ultimately, the KBI team located Becker hiding under the basement stairs where he was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Becker was treated at the scene by the Russell County emergency medical services and then transported to the Russell County jail.

The Hays Police Department's Special Situation and Response Team also was called in to assist.