Police Chief Fred Nech escorts Kelley Beard, 43, Osage City, from
a police vehicle for transportation to the Osage County Jail,
where he was booked on multiple counts.
Alton /Topeka Capital Journal
Jeremy Gaston | Editor
OSAGE CITY—An early-morning alarm called Osage City
police and Osage County Sheriff’s officers to downtown
Osage City Friday, Aug. 19.
Officers responded to an alarm at Schroeder Drugs, Inc., located
at 535 Market St., in Osage City. An employee let officers
into the pharmacy, where they encountered Kelley M. Beard,
43, Osage City.
“He said he was going to shoot,” said Osage City
Police Chief Fred Nech.
Officers, who were armed with assault rifles, subdued Beard
with the use of a police Taser. He was taken into custody
without further incident. At the time of the arrest, Beard
was armed with a knife. No other weapons were found on him.
Beard had reported two other males were inside the building
armed with handguns. A search of the pharmacy and adjacent
building, Osage Hardware, by an Osage County Sheriff K-9 unit
found no other people inside. Officers cleared several other
downtown businesses before ending their search.
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