Wichita denies big claim from apartment standoff

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The city of Wichita has denied a claim of more than $400,000 from the insurer of an apartment complex that was damaged during a long standoff last summer.

Auto-Owners Insurance Co., is seeking $411,411 for damages to the Southlake Village complex and lost rental profits. Several apartments were damaged during a 32-hour standoff with 34-year-old Jared Woosypiti. The standoff ended when police shot and killed Woosypiti.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1biE6LA ) the city is asserting immunity from the damages under a state law that specifies which government acts carry liability. So far, the city has paid 10 claims from the standoff totaling $60,533.

Meanwhile, the apartments damaged during the standoff are scheduled to reopen in 10 to 14 days.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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