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Suspicious device leads police officers to evacuate building

By Dylan Lysen

A stray bullet in a Manhattan apartment building early Sunday morning caused some damage to the building and confusion for the Riley County Police.

Police and the Manhattan Fire Department responded to call at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday of a burst pipe and possible gunshot at Highland Ridge apartments, 609 Highland Ridge Drive.

When officers arrived they found water pouring through the building because of the burst pipe.

When they entered the apartment that contained the burst pipe, the officers found what appeared to be an explosive device.

Officers evacuated the building and set a perimeter while RCPD’s bomb team evaluated the device. The police determined the device was not a threat and was a realistic prop.

After the device was determined safe, the police issued a citation to Kelle Kerr, 22, for criminal discharge of a weapon. Kerr allegedly accidently discharged his weapon, striking a water pipe and causing the flooding.

No one was in immediate danger from the stray bullet, said public information officer Alexander Robinson.

Six of the apartment building’s 24 units were also evacuated because of water damage and water near electrical fixtures, said Ryan Almes, MFD deputy fire chief. The people of all six units are displaced and are receiving help from American Red Cross.

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