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Pursuit ends in standoff
Officers use tear gas to force suspect from vehicle
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HOISINGTON – A speeding car led to a pursuit that ended at a Hoisington service station with a standoff and the use of tear gas Wednesday night, Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong said.

According to the sheriff, between 8:30 and 9 p.m., a Barton County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted a vehicle speeding north on U.S. 281 south of Hoisington. The officer gave chase, starting near the Lake Barton area. The pursuit ended when the driver, identified as Shane Daniel Slack of Great Bend, pulled over and parked between the gas pump islands at the Kaiser Total gas station, 652 South Main in Hoisington.

"He would not exit the vehicle," Armstrong said. By this time, the deputy had been joined by other county and city officers who tried to talk slack out of the car.

Armstrong said at some point during the standoff, Slack called his estranged wife. The incident is believed to have started as a domestic dispute. From someone familiar with Slack, authorities learned his cellular telephone number and attempted to contact him.

"He finally answered," the sheriff said. "He said he had a gun."

It was determined the negotiations were doomed, so at about 9 p.m., a tear gas canister was lobbed through the rear window of the vehicle. This forced Slack to get out at which time he was apprehended and transported to the Barton County Jail in Great Bend.

Armstrong said a weapon had not been found.

He remained in custody as of press time. Charges are pending and the investigation is continuing.

Witnesses said the incident caused the highway to be blocked to through traffic.