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Suspect Surrenders After Shooting Sheriff’s Deputy in Blue Rapids

 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.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.