Police arrest murder suspect in North central Kansas

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (KSNT) – Police report on Friday that Zachary Barnes, who may be involved with with a Kansas City killing has been arrested. A second suspect was arrested in Scandia on Thursday.

The Belleville Telescope reports the Republic County Sheriff’s Office found Barnes south of Cuba by the Republic County Sheriff’s Department. Officials said he was taken into custody without incident.

Neighbors told KSNT News Thursday they were told to lock their doors, cars and to stay inside while officials looked for Barnes.

“There was a situation where everybody better stay inside and keep their doors locked,” neighbor Sharon Mach said.

Mach said she was most concerned for the unknown.

“Partly not knowing exactly what was going on, but yet partly knowing it was a very dangerous situation and yet not being able to do anything about it,” Mach said.

A woman seen with him, Shannon Dace, has not been located.

Multiple schools in Republic County were on lockdown Thursday afternoon following a reported alleged incident in Belleville involving multiple suspects.

The Belleville Telescope reports that USD 109 was under a lockdown and students would be released only to their parents. The Republic County Hospital, medical clinic are also on lock down.

There was a report of a possible hostage situation in Scandia around 2:00 p.m.  People were asked to make sure their vehicles were accounted for. Pike Valley High School was also on lockdown as officials searched for fugitives heading east of Scandia.

Just after 3:00 p.m. there was a report of local law enforcement in Concordia asking residents and all businesses to go on lockdown as they handled an “outside threat.” Reports say police were looking for a white male in a white shirt, shorts and a ball cap who reportedly had been spotted in downtown Concordia. The Kansas Highway Patrol swat team was responding. USD 333, Cloud County Community College and the Cloud County Courthouse are all reported to be on lockdown. USD 333 said students would not be released until the issue was resolved.

A message on the school district’s Facebook page read, “This procedure is for the safety of all involved and we thank you for your support of our schools and local law enforcement. We will advise as new information is available.”

The lockdown for USD 333 was lifted just before 8:00 a.m.


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