HPD investigating report of armed suspects making arrests at gunpoint

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Police responding to what was initially reported as a possible armed robbery in progress arrested two gunmen at gunpoint as they walked out of a central business in Hutchinson on Friday afternoon.

Officers were dispatched to Adams Street Automotive, 528 N. Adams St., just after 3:20 p.m. upon a report of two armed subjects threatening an employee inside the business, Police Sgt. Hutchinson said. Garret Leslie.

“We felt like it was an armed robbery, that’s how it was initially, so we formed a perimeter on Adams Street,” Leslie said. “As both subjects left the company, they were arrested without incident.”

The two, identified as Kevin D. Shipman, 48, and Jesse D. Shipman, 19, were both armed with handguns when arrested.

“They were involved in an argument with the owner of Adams Street Automotive before officers arrived on the scene,” Leslie said. “During the argument, they brandished their sidearms inside the company.”

A colleague who was at the company when the incident began was able to slip outside and call the police, Leslie said.

Leslie said he couldn’t tell if the guns were loaded.

He said there was also conflicting information about what triggered the incident.

“The business owner said he was upset that a vehicle was not fixed, but there is other information that contradicts that,” Leslie said.

No one was injured as a result of this incident.

Both men were arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and remain in custody at the Reno County Correctional Facility on $7,500 bond.

After the arrests, officers also obtained and served several search warrants, Police Chief Jeffery Hooper reported.

The investigation is ongoing, so anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Leslie at (620) 694-2822, or Reno County Crimestoppers at (620) 694-2666, and HPD Case# 2022-17170.

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