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Kansas Prison Break: Negotiations underway with 2 of 3 escaped inmates, report says

(Left to right) Allen Hurst, Scott Gilbert and Randy Ridens reportedly escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas, May 9, 2013.
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(CBS) LANSING, Kan. - Negotiations are underway with two escaped Kansas prisoners holed up inside a northwest Missouri home, while a third inmate remains on the run, CBS affiliate KCTV reports.

According to the station, two of the inmates were inside a stolen vehicle when Platte City police tried to stop it Friday morning on Interstate 29 in Missouri. The inmates fired shots at the officers, who did not fire back, said Platte County Capt. Erik Holland.

The inmates then reportedly busted through a sliding glass door into a home on Route Z in Clinton County. Dozens of officers surrounded the residence, and snipers have been deployed, the station says. Negotiations are reportedly ongoing with the inmates.

In addition to the firearms that the two men reportedly obtained at some point after their escape, the homeowner told authorities that he owns firearms that are inside the home.

A third inmate is believed to be at large in Leavenworth County in Kansas, according to the station.

The escaped inmates have been identified as Allen M. Hurst, 31, Scott A. Gilbert, 49, and Randy A. Ridens Sr., 57. Police Capt. Holland said he does not know which two are presumed to be in the house, although the Kansas Dept. of Corrections believes Ridens is the inmate on the run.

KCTV reports this is not the first time Scott Gilbert has escaped and been on the run. He is said to have escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility in July 1986.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escaped inmates is asked to call 911, the Kansas Bureau of Investigations at 1-800-572-7463 or the Lansing Correctional Facility at 913-727-4235.

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