Robbery Suspect Shot During Standoff With Local Police, Woman Arrested

Brandy Jean Kelley (Jail photo)
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TEMPLE (April 23, 2013)—Temple police shot a Kansas man after an armed holdup at a restaurant that led to a chase and what officers first thought was a hostage situation.

The robbery was reported at around 7 p.m. Monday at the Subway restaurant at 3 North 29th Street where employees told officers a man displayed a handgun, demanded money and then fled north on foot.

A witness provided a description of a waiting vehicle in which the man escaped.

Officers spotted the vehicle, which a woman was driving, and tried to pull it over.

The woman refused to stop and a chase ensued through the Western Hills subdivision, police said.

At one point the fleeing driver headed east in the westbound lanes of Southwest HK Dodgen Loop, exiting on South 31st Street and finally stopping behind Advanced Auto Parks at 2817 South 31st St., police said.

Officers used a device to puncture two of the vehicle’s tires and formed a perimeter after determining that the man appeared to be holding a gun to the woman’s head, police said.

The man later allowed the woman to get out of the vehicle, but remained in the passenger seat.

SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Teams were sent to the scene, but as they tried to establish communications, the man began to cover the vehicle’s windows and used a knife to cut himself on the neck, police said.

The man moved from the passenger seat into the driver’s seat, and fearing he was going to attempt to flee, SWAT officers used what police described as a distraction device and then tried to remove the man from the vehicle.

The man still had the knife, however, so officers fired .40-mm baton or bean bag rounds in a successful effort to disarm him.

The man then picked up a handgun and pointed it directly at the SWAT officers, who fired, police said.

The man was hit once, police said.

He was taken to Scott & White Hospital where he was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon.

Cory Sluder, 35, who’s named in outstanding Kansas warrants, will be taken to the Bell County Jail after he’s released from the hospital.

Brandy Jean Kelley, 32, also of Kansas, who police say was traveling with Sluder, was taken into custody was held Tuesday afternoon in the Bell County Jail.

She and Sluder were both later charged with robbery and she was also charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting.