Monroe’s attorney: Plea bargain imminent

By Tim Weideman

WESTMORELAND — A plea agreement is likely between prosecutors and Dustin Monroe, the Wamego man involved in a December shooting incident at the Quality Inn and Suites in Manhattan, his lawyer said.

On Friday in Pottawatomie County District Court, Monroe, 33, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He’s now scheduled to appear May 22 at 9 a.m. for an arraignment hearing.

Monroe’s attorney, Lora Ingles, in court told District Judge Jeff Elder that Monroe has unofficially entered into a plea agreement with the state.

“We have a plea agreement, but we do not have it reduced to writing at this time,” Ingles said.

After the hearing, County Attorney Sherri Schuck said she couldn’t discuss the details of the possible agreement, but added “there have been some negotiations.”

Monroe currently faces three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied building and one count of criminal damage to property. All six charges are felonies.

Monroe was arrested early Dec. 10 following a standoff with police.

At about 6 a.m. that morning, officers from multiple area agencies responded to a shots fired report at the hotel, 150 E. Poyntz Ave., which is in Pottawatomie County.

Once on scene, officers reported seeing Monroe firing a gun outside the hotel.

Officers ordered him to stop firing, but he failed to do so. Police then returned fire, striking him multiple times. Nobody else was injured.

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