LANSING, Kan. – The Platte County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department says a Platte City police officer spotted a stolen car with what they believed to be two of the three inmates inside on Interstate 29 at about 10 a.m. Friday morning.
The suspects exchanged gunfire with police, but nobody was injured, authorities said.
A chase ensued, with the sheriff’s department joining.
The men stopped the car near a house on Z Highway just outside the city of Edgerton, Mo., and went inside. It wasn’t clear if anybody else was inside the house.
The Intermediate School in the North Platte School District is locked down during the search. The school is located at 900 Lewis St., in Edgerton. Students are not in the school on Friday because of a field trip.
A spokesman at the Lansing Correctional Facility had reported one of the inmates was not with the other two and had been arrested in Leavenworth County, Kan., but he later confirmed all three are believed to be in the house in Missouri.
LANSING, Kan. (AP) – Law enforcement officials are looking for three inmates who walked away from the Lansing Correctional Facility.
The inmates escaped early Friday from minimum security. Further details of their escape were not immediately available.
The inmates are 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert, who both were convicted in Sedgwick County in 2010 of multiple counts of burglary and theft; and 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., who was convicted in Shawnee and Douglas counties in 2010 of several burglary counts and one count of theft.
Corrections officials say all escaped inmates should be considered armed and dangerous.