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  • Police pursuit forces two elementary schools in lockdown

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  • Independence Police were engaged in a police pursuit that prompted two elementary schools to be in lockdown Tuesday morning.
    Independence Police Public Information Officer Tom Gentry said police received a call around 8 a.m. from a utility worker reporting a suspicious, pearl white Cadillac Escalade that seemed to be “prowling parked cars” in the area of U.S. 24 and Blue Mills Road in eastern Independence.
    Once an officer arrived at the scene, the suspect vehicle fled the area, but it was later spotted by another officer, according to Gentry.
    “The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and it fled (again),” said Gentry.
    Police began a pursuit, Gentry said. Although the route where the chase took place is unknown due to pending police reports, the suspect vehicle eventually stopped at the 900 block of Arapahoe Street in the Susquehanna area of Independence.
    “We contacted two schools, Cler-Mont and Randall, to lock their doors until we secured the suspects,” Gentry said. “They did with no problem.”
    Three suspects abandoned the vehicle on foot, he added. They were all eventually captured, he said.
    “The entire chase lasted one hour and 45 minutes,” Gentry said, “and we did recover a weapon from the suspects.”
    Gentry said all three suspects were taken into custody and there were no reports of injuries among either the police or suspects.
    The suspects were expected to be charged Wednesday, said Gentry. Their names, ages or genders have not yet been released.
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