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Hays man held at state hospital after standoff

February 3, 2011

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— A Hays man is being held at Larned State Hospital after he barricaded himself and his two children in his apartment and kept police at bay for 20 hours.

Hays Police Chief Jim Braun says 30-year-old Aaron Michael Randa will be held at the state hospital until doctors determine he is not a danger to himself or others.

The Hays Daily News reported that the standoff began about 9 p.m. Sunday and ended peacefully about 5 p.m. Monday. Braun says Randa had 1- and 3-year old children with him but they were not injured during the standoff.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Russell County Sheriff's response team assisted, in part because the cold temperatures required more manpower for the long standoff.

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