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Simpson charged on 7 counts; Status Conference set Feb. 2nd

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Updated January 21, 2015:  

Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso has charged Shaun Simpson, 32 of Mulberry with two counts of kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of criminal discharge of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A status conference has been set for Februray 2nd and he is being held without bond.

Simpson is presumed innocent unless and until the allegations against him are proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Crawford County Sheriff dispatch got the call around five this morning from what they believe to be the suspect, 32-year-old Shaun Simpson, who authorities say fired multiple shots inside his Mulberry home on 108 North Lincoln when they arrived.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Crawford County Sheriff's deputies in full riot gear surrounded the home where Undersheriff Geier says Simpson had held hostage his mother and girlfriend against their will. 

Authorities waiting inside an armored vehicle threw a phone into the house to negotiate with Simpson and coax him out

“His mood was up and down on the phone. Sometimes he was ready to come out, at times he wasn't. He kept asking for a little more time so he could think about it,” says Geier.

Neighbors say this house is relatively quiet and were surprised to awake to the sound of gunshots early this morning.

“You heard 'em going off, but you didn't really...like boom, boom, boom,  you know like that but then sooner or later it ended up, thank god it did,” says neighbor Melva Jones.

Jones knew the mother and says

“Oh she was real nice. I mean Marlene was real nice she always waved when she left here to go to work if i was out or anything like that. and she was real nice and everybody liked her. But you know the boy was a little odd."

In response Arma Police ordered nearby Northeast Schools to lockdown until they gave the all clear

“Safety is a huge concern for school children. And we want to keep our kids safe. And we really didn't know what the situation was in mulberry, that's up to law enforcement to monitor,” says Superintendent Greg Gorman.

Geier says an event this serious in Mulberry is rare

“Scary situation, a dangerous situation. As law enforcement you're trained for these situations and you revert back to your training, take every precaution you can,” says Geier.

Almost 10 different agencies were on site for support, including a medical helicopter on standby in case there were injuries.

Everyone made it safely out of the home without injury and no shots were fired by law enforcement.

In Mulberry, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News. 
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