OLMITZ — A 38-year-old Olmitz man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday after a standoff with law enforcement officers.
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office was called to John William Haynie II’s residence at 12:27 p.m. in what was initially believed to be a hostage situation. The BCSO call log shows his ex-girlfriend left the house unharmed and called to report he was high on meth, had a loaded pistol and access to numerous other weapons and had indicated he was “not going to go down without a fight.”
A Hoisington Police officer, Kansas Highway Patrol officer and 11 BCSO officers responded, and by 3 p.m. BCSO was also in contact with Rush County and trying to stop a school bus entering town.
Residents in the town of approximately 114 people were reportedly asked to stay inside their homes.
Sheriff Greg Armstrong confirmed that when officers entered the house, the man was deceased. Information about what caused the standoff and what time it ended have not been released.
Haynie's funeral service is pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.