UPDATE: Murder Suspect Arrested

On Wednesday while following up on investigative leads, Salina Police Detectives and Agents from the U.S. Marshals developed information that Nelson Hull III was located in a residence at 511 E. Stimmel Road.  Law enforcement surrounded the residence and began using a public address system to order Hull to come out of the residence.

Hull, a wanted fugitive, had an active Saline County arrest warrant for First Degree Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  The warrant is in connection to the murder of Courtney Ann Hoffman on February 23rd.

SWAT Teams from the Salina Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol spent approximately 2 ½ hours trying to encourage Hull to exit the residence without violence.  

When these efforts were unsuccessful, chemical agents were introduced into the residence.  Hull surrendered a short time later and was taken into custody. 

Based on information from this investigation, charges are being requested for Obstructing Apprehension of Prosecution for Julie Ecton, who resides at 511 E. Stimmel Road.

The Salina Police Department would like to thank the public for information provided during this investigation.  In addition, the Salina Police Department would also like to thank the Kansas Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the apprehension of Nelson Hull III.  


ORIGINAL; A suspect is under arrest in connection with a February murder in Salina.

The Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Task Force arrested 35-year-old Nelson Gerrod Hull III Wednesday evening after a two-hour standoff.

Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson posted the following statement on social media:

“At approximately 5:10 PM, the suspect, Nelson Hull, was arrested after an approximate 2 1/2 hour standoff with Salina SWAT. Hull was arrested at a residence in the 500 block of E. Stimmel.
This incident did involve chemical agents being introduced into the home. We appreciated KHP’s assistance during this standoff.”

Hull was wanted in connection with the death of 36-year-old Courtney Hoffman, who was found shot inside a vehicle at her home in North Salina back on February 23rd. He could face charges which include 1st Degree Murder.


Charges are being requested for Obstructing Apprehension of Prosecution for Julie Ecton, who resides at 511 E. Stimmel Road.