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Kansas City police said officers responded to 37th and Main streets about 2:15 a.m. on a call involving an emotionally disturbed man.  Authorities have identified the man as 30-year-old Joshua W. Boyd. Kansas City police said officers responded to 37th and Main streets about 2:15 a.m. on a call involving an emotionally disturbed man. Authorities have identified the man as 30-year-old Joshua W. Boyd.
DAVIESS COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

Officers with four agencies including the Missouri Highway Patrol are searching for a man who stole a Kansas City police cruiser, which he later abandoned, and a shotgun.

The man stole the patrol car from Midtown Kansas City early Wednesday. The car was later found abandoned along Interstate 35 in northwest Missouri after it ran out of gas. The officer's shotgun was missing from the patrol car.

Some schools in northern Missouri were placed on a lockdown as a precaution Wednesday afternoon. Other schools kept outside doors locked and were extra vigilant about visitors.

Kansas City police say the emotionally disturbed man, identified as 30-year-old Joshua W. Boyd, of Liberty, is considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts.

According the Missouri Highway Patrol sex offender registry, Boyd is listed as a non-compliant sex offender.

"What would I say to the suspect? Turn himself in. We don't need to risk innocent people or innocent lives," said Sgt. Jake Angle with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Pattonsburg R-II School District Superintendent Troy Clawson said all schools were placed on lockdown and district officials are communicating with police.

Schools in south Harrison County kept their doors locked and took extra precautions.

This came after troopers with the Missouri Highway Patrol located the abandoned cruiser about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday near the 75 mile marker on Interstate 35 in Daviess County near Pattonsburg, about an hour north of Kansas City.

Authorities said they used pings from a cell phone inside the cruiser to find the vehicle.

Angle urged residents to take extra precautions until Boyd is caught. Troopers are urging homeowners to make sure keys are out of their cars and locked, keep houses locked and report anything suspicious.

"Don't leave keys in your vehicles. If they are going to be away from their residence, make sure it is secure. We don't want to give the suspect an easy opportunity," he said. "We are concerned for the public. What we want to stress is to be aware of your surroundings."

Pattonsburg resident Robin Cummins is nervous.

"I hope they find him soon. There are a lot of places he could be hiding and a lot of older people that might not even know he is out there," Cummins said.

The ordeal began unfolding early Wednesday in Midtown Kansas City.

Kansas City police said officers responded to 37th and Main streets about 2:15 a.m. on a call involving Boyd.

The Shell gas station clerk said Boyd was coming in and out the store mumbling and acting strange and aggressive, so he called the police.

"He said someone was after him but I didn't believe him because no one was after him," Johnny Zarate said. "I was thinking he was going to do something."

Police say two officers in separate patrol cars responded where they talked to Boyd. That was when officers say Boyd was lunged into the driver's seat of the police car.

Officer started struggling with Boyd to get the keys out of the ignition. However, he was able to drive away at a high rate of speed.

The officer whose vehicle was stolen was dragged a short ways until he jumped out. He was not seriously hurt.

"It was too quick, too quick," Zarate said.

Kansas City police Sgt. Kari Thompson said officers were unsuccessful after negotiations to speak to the suspect over the police radio in the car.

Officers say it is typical for officers to leave their vehicles running and unlocked. The officers did chase for a time in the second cruiser, but backed off due to safety reasons.

The man was using lights and sirens as he fled north.

Authorities have searched wooded areas and rivers near Pattonsburg to locate Boyd.

Boyd, a white man, was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts. He is said to be 5'10" tall, weigh 170 pounds and has a mustache and goatee.

Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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