A standoff between area law enforcement officers and an armed man ended peacefully Monday evening, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Robert Scheuerman, 35, of Larned, is in custody.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the location Scheuerman, who was wanted in Pawnee County on a parole violation. Deputies put a residence under surveillance and observed him leaving in a vehicle.
Officers followed the vehicle and a felony traffic stop was conducted around 6:20 p.m. in the 100 block of SE 20 Road.
The driver, a white female, was ordered from the vehicle and complied. The passenger, Scheuerman, refused to exit the vehicle and brandished a weapon. Scheuerman then threatened to shoot himself.
“Deputies were able to block the vehicle as to prevent the suspect from escaping the scene,” Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. “After about one hour and 40 minutes we were able to convince Scheuerman to lay down the 9 mm handgun and exit the vehicle. Scheuerman was arrested and taken into custody.”
Scheuerman was found to be in possession of more than 100 grams of suspected methamphetamine valued at about $5,000 as well as in excess of $3,000 cash.
He was arrested for the parole violation warrant from Pawnee County, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, felon in possession of a firearm, no drug tax stamp and resisting arrest. He was transported and booked at the Barton County jail without incident.
According to Bellendir, the female driver was released and charges may be filed against her at a later date.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by a deputy from the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office and an Enforcement Officer from Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks who happened to be in the area. Great Bend Fire Department EMS was also placed on standby and was nearby.