POMONA — West Franklin school district’s middle and high schools went into lock-down for about 15 minutes at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Pomona as law enforcement officials conducted a manhunt near the community, the district’s top administrator said,
Officers with the Franklin County and Osage County sheriff’s offices and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks were searching in western Franklin County for a suspect or suspects related to a state Wildlife and Parks case. The manhunt continued for most of the morning.
“A first responder said we should go into lockdown as a precautionary measure,” Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin superintendent, said.
The lockdown was lifted about 15 minutes later, Bradbury said, after law enforcement officials informed the school district the precaution no longer was necessary.
All the children were in school at that time so none of the district’s school buses had to be rerouted because of the search, Bradbury said.
Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said during the search Thursday that the sheriff’s office was assisting Wildlife and Parks at that agency’s request. He added that the public was not in danger.
Details about the incident remained sketchy Friday.
Jeff Cakin, Franklin County game warden with Wildlife and Parks, said Friday he could not comment because of the ongoing investigation.