OSAGE COUNTY: Ralston man died in standoff

Tim Hudson | thudson@examiner-enterprise.com

Osage County authorities have released the name of a man who reportedly died of a “self-inflicted gun shot” following a reported standoff Friday.

Osage County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Investigator Loren Vaughn said Samuel Blade Mitchell, 22, of Ralston is deceased. His name had not been released immediately following the incident due to notification of next of kin.

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden previously told the Examiner-Enterprise that Mitchell was attempting to ambush deputies.

Virden said the Sheriff’s Office “had a call from a young man saying he had been shot in the chest by a person who was attempting to burglarize his house.”

“Deputies responded along with a Fairfax officer. When they arrived a subject (Mitchell) came out of the front door of the residence motioning for them to come to the door,” he said. “When the first one exited his unit the subject lifted a handgun and opened fire on the officers.”

One of the police vehicles was shot several times as officers went to cover, Virden said.

“This turned into a long standoff, but it appears to have just been a ambush for deputies,” he said. “The investigation is still ongoing but after numerous hours of attempting to make contact and then utilization of gas a tactical team made entry into the residence and located (Mitchell) who shot at deputy’s deceased from what appeared to be a self -inflicted gun shot.”

He says that no officers were injured nor fired any shots during the incident.

According to Osage County court records, Mitchell had a charge of transporting a loaded firearm in 2014