(CBS) LANSING, Kan. - Authorities in Missouri and Kansas are searching for three men who escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas, CBS affiliate KCTV reports.
A traffic stop attempt in Platte County resulted in shots being fired Friday morning, a Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman said, according to the station. It is reportedly believed the shooting incident is related to the search for the inmates.
The suspects are believed to be in the area of Route Z in Clinton County, possibly holed up inside a home, the station says. Authorities have surrounded the home.
The homeowner, who is reportedly not in danger, is said to have told authorities that he is an avid gun collector and that his guns are inside the residence with the inmates, the St. Joseph News-Press says.
Local schools have been placed on lockdown as a precaution.
The inmates reportedly may have escaped Thursday night. The escape was not confirmed until 7:30 a.m. Friday.
The three inmates have been identified as Allen M. Hurst, 31, Scott A. Gilbert, 49, and Randy A. Ridens Sr., 57. They are considered armed and dangerous.
The prison they escaped from is located just east of 7 Highway at East Kansas Avenue in Lansing.