Man frees Kansas judge after hourslong hostage standoff

Police in western Kansas say a gunman who held Finney County's chief judge hostage over a child custody matter eventually surrendered and released the victim without harm.

Authorities say the standoff began about 7 a.m. Tuesday, when the suspect forced his way into 61-year-old Wendel Wurst's home in Garden City and confronted the man and his wife at gunpoint.

The gunman released the woman a short time later, and she called police from a neighbor's home.

The standoff ended peacefully several hours later.

Police say the suspect was upset over a custody case Wurst handled.

There was no immediate word about any charges resulting from the captivity.

Wurst was appointed a district judge in 2004 by then-Gov. Mark Parkinson.