Schools locked down as officials search for murder suspect

Police search neighborhood near McCollom Elementary School Wednesday afternoon looking for a suspect. (KSN photo / Kevin Stebral)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A suspect wanted for the killing of a man in northeast Wichita Monday was apprehended after a west Wichita search that prompted the lockdown of two elementary schools.

Wichita Police homicide and SCAT officers spotted a suspect wanted for a Monday afternoon shooting around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in northwest Wichita near 12th and Westlink.

According to the Wichita Police Department, officers report that the 16-year-old suspect ran off when approached.

The Wichita Police Department, with help from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol set up a perimeter in the area forcing the lockdown of McCollom Elementary School on Waddington Ave and, later, Peterson Elementary School on West Central.

After approximately an hour of searching, the suspect was found by a police K9 in a shed behind a house in the 1300 block of North Murray and was taken into custody.