BELLEVILLE, Kan. — Authorities say the search for a suspect in a Kansas City-area homicide caused several schools and public agencies to be placed on lockdown in two small north-central Kansas towns about 180 miles away.

The Kansas City Star reports that the lockdowns happened Thursday as authorities searched for 24-year-old Zachary Barnes in Belleville, which is near the Nebraska border, and Concordia.

The Republic County Sheriff’s Office says Barnes fled to Belleville when deputies went to a home in nearby Scandia to arrest him on a murder warrant. From Belleville, he is suspected of fleeing to Concordia, about 20 miles to the south. Barnes remains at large.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers aided the sheriff’s department and police in the manhunt. Authorities say Barnes is considered possibly armed and dangerous.

Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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