A search warrant from the Edwards County Sheriff’s department led to four unrelated arrests in Stafford County after a manhunt and stand off with an armed subject in a rural residence near Hudson, Wednesday.
Two males and two females were arrested at the rural residence of David Radford for drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Radford was arrested Tuesday night in Edwards County for allegedly stealing wiring packs from an irrigation system, which led to a search warrant being issued for his residence on NE 30 Street 1.5 miles south of NE 140th Avenue according to Stafford County Sheriff Jeff Parr.
When officers arrived at the residence one individual was scene running into a tree line north of the residence carrying a gas can.
“We (Parr and another officer) went to the east end of the tree line where we could watch for the suspect while we waited for more officers to arrive,” Parr said. “About 10 minutes later we heard, ‘gun, gun, gun’ come over the scanner so we headed back to the residence.”
Stafford County Officer Bill Boyles made the call on the gun when he spotted an individual in a trailer house or fifth wheel type camper pointing what appeared to be a Mac 10 - is a highly compact, blowback operated machine pistol – pointing at one of the officers on scene.
The armed suspect did not fire on officers and was eventually taken into custody after being tazed. Two females inside the camper were also taken into custody.
A Kansas Highway Patrol aircraft with a FLIR device, - an imaging technology that senses infrared radiation – circled the tree line where the first subject disappeared. The device picked up his heat signature and guided officers to his location. He was also taken into custody.
All four are currently being held in Barton County awaiting charges. According to Sheriff Parr, the individuals arrested were not from the Hudson area. Their identity has not yet been released.
The situation did not end there. As officers took the last suspect into custody, Edwards County officers were called back because a second individual believed to be with Radford on Tuesday night was spotted near Trousdale and had fled into a wooded area.
Jack Waymaster’s billfold, cell phone and other items were found in the vehicle Radford occupied during the alleged thefts. Waymaster is suspected as an accomplice.
The KHP plane, and officers, along with Edwards County and Macksville officers left the scene near Hudson to assist with the search near Trousdale. As of 5 p.m., no notice has been given whether the suspect in question had been located or not.
Law enforcement officers from Stafford, Edwards, Barton and Reno counties along with officers from Stafford city, Macksville, St. John, Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation all assisted in the operation.