Standoff Over in Indianola Town Square

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INDIANOLA, Iowa -- A standoff situation in Indianola ended early Wednesday morning with one person being taken to a local hospital.

Indianola police say the standoff began around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night when they were called to conduct a welfare check on 35-year-old Quentin McMurray at an apartment at 105 Howard Street.

McMurray barricaded himself inside the apartment and police evacuated the apartments and the local theater, on the city’s town square. About three blocks were cordoned off by police.

Police say they have dealt with McMurray before and the incident began because he was upset over custody issues with his children. They also say mental illness may have played a role in the standoff.

Officers used flash bangs and strobe lights to end the standoff around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. McMurray was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Indianola police were assisted by the State Patrol, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, State Bomb Squad, State Tactical Team, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Emergency Management.

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