A felony traffic stop resulted in a tense situation in Cherryvale this afternoon. A several block area on Main Street, about 2 blocks west of downtown Cherryvale was blocked off by authorities after witnesses say an individual was stopped by police and threatened suicide if anyone approached the vehicle. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded including the Cherryvale Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's office. No one was injured in the incident that witnesses say lasted about 2 hours.
The Police Department was able to make contact with the suspect in the 600 block of East 2nd. The suspect identified as John B. Wright, fled the scene striking a Montgomery County Sherriff Officers Patrol Unit, and then led the officers on a high-speed chase to the 500 block of West Main in Cherryvale, Kansas. The Police Department, along with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol, engaged in a standoff with the suspect. Mr. Wright made several comments of self-harm and during the standoff pointed a gun in the direction of Sheriff Bobby Dierks. After several hours, the standoff ended with Mr. Wright being taken into custody without any injuries. Mr. Wright was taken to Four County Mental Health Center immediately for evaluation and then to the Montgomery County Jail.