Wichita, Kansas Denies Insurer’s Claim from Apartment Standoff

January 24, 2014

The city of Wichita, Kan., 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 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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  • January 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm
    Huh! says:
    Auto Owners might do better to simply exclude damage caused by civil authority(ies). Or get really specific and exclude damage related in any way to standoffs, use of weaponr... read more
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