An overnight standoff with authorities in Blue Rapids came to a conclusion early Tuesday morning, when 43 year old Stephen McComber was taken into custody without incident at a Blue Rapids residence. McComber, wanted in
connection with a Topeka homicide earlier Monday afternoon had shot a Marshall County Sherriff’s Deputy, Fernando Salceda, outside the Casey’s General Store in Blue Rapids at around 8:15 p.m. Monday evening.
Salceda was listed in fair condition coming out of surgery at a Lincoln hospital.
After a brief manhunt, the suspect Stephen McComber, who had taken the sheriffs patrol car, was located inside a residence in Blue Rapids. Traffic in and out of Blue Rapids was closed overnight. A female hostage was reportedly released by McComber shortly after midnight, while he remained holed up surrounded by authorities, including SWAT teams.
He game himself up without incident early Tuesday morning, shortly before 7:00 a.m., and traffic was opened back up throughout Blue Rapids an hour later.
The investigation continues, and charges are expected to be filed in Marshall County, with Shawnee County authorities also expected to file charges in conjunction with the shooting Monday afternoon that resulted in the death of a Topeka man.
McComber reportedly was released to Shawnee County supervision in September 2009. He was convicted in 1985 on four counts of Aggravated Robbery, and one count of Aggravated Battery. He was sentenced to 32 years to life in connection with those charges.