A stress fracture in the glass, not a bullet as initially thought, caused the rear window to shatter on a Lenexa police car Thursday morning.
Crime scene investigators determined that the stress fracture caused the window to “buckle and make a loud noise,” police said Thursday afternoon.
The officer also reported feeling a “percussion” in his chest, but investigators believe the officer felt the pressure from the window breaking about 10 a.m. as he sat in the car along Kansas 7 near Prairie Star Parkway.
After the window broke, the officer saw a vehicle traveling down the ramp of Kansas 7 before it backed up and drove away at a “high rate of speed.”
Authorities shut both directions of Kansas 7 from 83rd Street south to Kansas 10 for about three hours while police searched for a possible shooter. They reopened the road shortly after 1 p.m.
During the search for a shooter, three schools in the De Soto school district were placed on lockdown, meaning that all exterior doors were locked. Recess at Mill Creek Middle, Mize Elementary and Horizon Elementary was suspended for the day.
The Olathe school district also suspended recess at a few schools to keep students indoors as a precaution.