Three inmates escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility and led authorities on a chase into Northwest Missouri.
Schools in the area went into lockdown amid reports of the suspects firing weapons from a vehicle. The latest reports indicated that the Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT unit was heading to the scene as the suspects were believed to be in a home off Z Highway just off U.S. Highway 169, near the Clinton-Platte county line.
The North Platte intermediate school in Edgerton was placed on lockdown, on the advice of law enforcement. County authorities contacted East Buchanan school officials, which took precautions to maintain security at its middle school in Easton.
The inmates escaped early Friday from the minimum-security facility in Lansing, Kan. 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.