A 22-year-old Manhattan man killed himself Monday evening after a four-hour stand-off with Riley County officers at his wife’s Plaza West apartment.
Lt. Michael Quintanar said a dispatcher received a call at about 7:13 p.m. from Bianca Outten, 20, who reported that her husband, Derrick Outten, was armed with a handgun and threatening to kill himself. She said the man was alone in her apartment at 3124 Lundin Dr., No. 6 at the time.
Bianca and Derrick Outten were in the process of ending their relationship and an argument between the two had taken place prior to the standoff, Capt. Kurt Moldrup said. He said Bianca Outten had been in the apartment with her husband before she left and called the police.
Patrol officers, along with the Emergency Response Unit Negotiations Team and Tactical Team responded to the scene. Quintanar said the other tenants in the complex were evacuated and a standoff ensued while negotiators tried to talk Outten out of the apartment in an effort, he said, to provide the man with mental health care.
An officer spoke with Outten through the closed apartment door, but, Quintanar said, negotiators lost contact with him and were unable to reinitiate communication.
Officials said the Junction City Police Department provided an armored vehicle, which the Negotiation and Tactical Team used to move closer to the building.
Team members tried to communicate with Outten through a public address system. But Quintanar said that with no signs of response, the tactical team introduced gas into the apartment. The gas was intended to disable Outten and make him uncomfortable, so that he would want to come outside, Moldrup said.
A short time later, a shot was heard from within the apartment, he said.
After a waiting period, Quintanar said team members made entry into the apartment and found Outten injured with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Moldrup said the officers and team members were outside the apartment for roughly four hours before they heard the gunshot, and waited 45 minutes to an hour before entering the apartment after they heard the shot. The waiting period was to ensure officer safety before entry was made, Moldrup said.
Though EMS technicians and the Manhattan Fire Department were on the scene to provide first aid, Outten was pronounced dead by the Riley County Coroner’s office.