Car chase ends near Washburn Rural

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT)  – While local and state law enforcement searched for suspects after a chase, the Auburn Washburn School District focused on safely letting students out of school.

Martin Weishaar, the communications director for the district said, police “advised us to keep buses from that area and bring students inside at the secondary campus.”

At no time were Washburn Rural High School, Washburn Rural Middle School or Jay Shideler on lockdown, according to Weishaar.

He told KSNT News the exterior doors of the schools were locked as a precaution and two buses from Jay Shideler were impacted.

“They returned to school and were kept in the library while parents were notified. Parents were allowed to come and pick them up. All were picked up by about 5:00,” he said.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office told USD 437 they could resume normal activities.

Approximately 45 minutes later, law enforcement stopped the search of the suspects. A Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter was used in the effort.

Information about the chase that lead to the search had not been released as of 5:45 p.m.


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