KCK schools on lockdown as police gather at nearby home - KCTV5


KCK standoff ends peacefully

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A police standoff that affected some students who were on their way to school Wednesday morning ended peacefully.

The standoff ended about 9:25 a.m. after police say an armed man barricaded himself in a home in the 200 block of South Ferree.  The home is just east of South 10th Street, and two blocks south of Central Avenue.

Authorities said when officers responded to the home about 5 a.m., a man and woman in their 20s walked out of and alerted the responding officers that a grandmother and three children were still inside the home with the armed man.

When police entered the home, they found the man, along with the grandmother and three children, ages 1, 4 and 7.  Police said the grandmother and the children are fine and officers never evacuated the area.

Authorities are questioning everyone involved.

The home was two blocks north of two schools in the Kansas City, KS, School District.  Whittier Elementary School and Central Middle School are open for classes, however, students who usually walked through the neighborhood to get to those schools were told by police, and the district, not to go to school.

Buses that took the students to those schools, dropped off the children on the side of the building that is shielded from the neighborhood.

The district said both the schools went on immediate lockdown until the incident was over.

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