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Federal Fugitive in Custody After Standoff in Wright County

Wanted in Oklahoma for multiple counts of kidnapping, robbery

NORWOOD, Mo. -- A man wanted by federal authorities was taken into custody after a standoff that last more than 12 hours in the small Wright County town of Norwood, Missouri.

Wright County Sheriff Glen Adler tells KOLR10 News U.S. Marshals found out the man was working at a truck wash on Highway 60 in Norwood, and came to the business with a search warrant around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to arrest him.

The man fled into a crawlspace just under the roof of the business.  SWAT teams from Howell and Greene Counties were called in to help Wright County and the Marshals.

Adler identified the man as Darren Taylor Walp.  He is wanted in Oklahoma on 6 counts of kidnapping, assault, conspiracy and 2 counts of robbery.  A judge had set his bond at $1 million in late August.

Walp and another Major County, Oklahoma inmate escaped custody in August, after taking over two jail transport officers and stealing a van.

Adler says Walp was armed with a gun and threatened to shoot.  Negotiators tried to talk him out of the crawlspace without success.  They used a camera to monitor his location in the crawlspace.

SWAT teams used flashbang devices and tear gas, but were still unable to get man out of the crawl space.

Finally, less-lethal rounds of bean bag shots were fired at the man several times.

"Numerous rounds of tear gas were deployed. Finally we got a fire hose in there. Started squirting water. He got agitated, started moving around again. Finally he got in position where he was bean-bagged. He took several rounds of bean bags which didn't affect him for awhile. Then finally got to him."

Adler says Walp was finally taken into custody shortly before 5:00 a.m., and taken to a Springfield hospital for treatment.

Read arrest warrant for Walp here:


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