January 31, 2018
HOSTAGE SITUATION RESOLVED BY CPD
Kent Antwon “Bud” Johnson, 30, of Coffeyville was arrested following a hostage situation on Tuesday afternoon in the 1000 block of West 9th Street. Johnson is being held in the Montgomery County jail with recommended charges of 3 counts of aggravated assault, 3 counts of kidnapping, 2 counts of battery, 1 count of felony obstruction, 1 count of a felon in possession of a firearm and 1 count of aggravated intimidation of a witness.
Officers from the Coffeyville Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 8th and Cherokee at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. While investigating the call, police were informed a house at 1005 W. 9th may be involved. The house was secure and appeared to be unoccupied. Officers contacted the owner and received permission to enter.
Officers entered the house and contact was made with a male victim who confirmed he had been held hostage and there was a gunman and two female hostages still inside the house. The CPD and KBI special operations teams were requested, barricades set up to block streets and neighbors in the immediate vicinity evacuated.
At 5:40 p.m., one of the female hostages escaped the house. Hostage negotiators were in contact with the gunman, and at 7:30 p.m. he surrendered to police, and the second hostage was released. Following a detailed search of the house, a semi-automatic weapon and ammunition were recovered.
Coffeyville schools were placed on lockdown following the report of shots fired in the vicinity of the middle and high schools. Bus students were released and others were held at their buildings until picked up by parents. Coffeyville Community College also closed their campus.
“This was a tense situation for several hours,” stated Kwin Bromley, Coffeyville Police Chief. “We were in immediate contact with the U.S.D. 445 and CCC officials and appreciate the quick action they took to ensure the safety of students.” Assistance at the scene was provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Coffeyville Fire and Public Works Departments, CRMC EMS and the Montgomery County Attorney.