KCK murder suspect arrested in Republic County, KS - KCTV5

KCK murder suspect arrested in Republic County, KS

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Zachary Barnes (Credit: KNCK via WIBW) Zachary Barnes (Credit: KNCK via WIBW)
Another picture of Zachary Barnes where his tattoos can be seen. (Via KWCH) Another picture of Zachary Barnes where his tattoos can be seen. (Via KWCH)
CONCORDIA, KS (KWCH) -

The Republic County Sheriff's Office says a man wanted for a murder out of Kansas City, Kan. has been arrested.

Multiple law enforcement agencies spent most of Thursday searching for Zachary Barnes.

The search led to lockdowns in the towns of Scandia, Belleville and Concordia.

The sheriff's office says Barnes was taken into custody around 10:50 a.m. near the town of Cuba, Kan. in Republic County.

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The scenes in Belleville and Concordia are clear, but the search for Zachary Barnes -- identified as a suspect in connection to a murder investigation in Kansas City, Kan. -- continues.

Agents with U.S. Marshals Service and other agencies searched for Barnes in Belleville, Scandia and Concordia Thursday. The Repubic County Sheriff's Office says no shots were fired and there were no hostage situations.

Concordia was on lockdown for about three hours as officers searched for Barnes.

Resident Jeff Thoman says when he saw dozens of police cars come into Concordia Thursday afternoon, he didn't know what was happening.

He says he saw several highway patrolmen and knew "something bad" was going on.

At about 3 p.m., Thoman says he got notice of a lockdown. His wife was locked down at the courthouse where she works. He learned police were searching for a wanted man somewhere downtown and his thoughts immediately went to his kids.

"I wanted to get my kids, but school rules, which is good, say they're under lock and key until law enforcement deems it safe for us to come pick them up," Thoman says.

The lockdown was lifted at about 6 p.m. and students in Concordia schools were allowed to go home. People in the community say for the most part, they felt safe. They were just unsure of what exactly was happening.

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The Republic County Sheriff's Office tells KOLN, our sister station in Hastings, Neb., that the lockdown in Belleville has been lifted.

Authorities believe, Zachary Barnes, a murder suspect out of Kansas City, Kan., who was believed to be in the area, is now in Concordia.

That town remains locked down.

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The town of Concordia is on lockdown while multiple agencies search for a murder suspect out of Kansas City, Kan.

Republic County Sheriff Ron Blad says Zachary Barnes is the suspect on the loose.

The sheriff's office says deputies went to Scandia to execute a warrant at a resident, but Barnes fled before he could be arrested.

The sheriff's office received a call that Barnes and the woman had been dropped off at a home in the 600 block of 18th Street in Belleville, Kan.

During this time, the Republic County Sheriff's Office also received a call that Barnes and the woman had left Belleville and been taken to Concordia.

The Concordia school district locked down all of its schools and said students would not be released until the all clear had been given by police.

Cloud County Community College also canceled its evening classes due to the ongoing situation.

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