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Police: 2 men in Mo. home likely Kan. inmates

EDGERTON, MO. (AP) -- Two of three inmates who walked away from a Kansas prison Friday were believed to be armed and holed up in a rural northwest Missouri home, although negotiators had not established contact hours after the standoff began.

Early Friday, Platte County, Mo., officers tried to pull over a stolen car in Platte City. A chase ensued, police said, and at some point, shots were fired at the officers, who did not return fire. The officers weren't injured, said Capt. Erik Holland, spokesman for the Platte County Sheriff's Office.

The men eventually bailed out of the vehicle in a rural area near Edgerton, about 30 miles north of Kansas City, Holland said.

Authorities believe the two men in the house escaped with another man from the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas early Friday, but Holland said, "we don't know that for sure." Authorities do not know where the third inmate is, he said.

There is no connection between the homeowners and the men inside, Holland said.

"We think this is just a point where they chose to pull out of the pursuit," he said.

The homeowners weren't there when the suspected escaped inmates arrived, but have told police there are firearms in the house. Holland said because the home has food and water, "it creates the possibility that they may be there a long time."

Multiple law enforcement officers were on the scene. Area TV broadcasts show lines of police cars surrounding the area and Highway Z, the only road that goes past the house, was closed.

The escaped inmates are Allen M. Hurst, 31, and Scott A. Gilbert, 49, who both were convicted in Sedgwick County, Kan., in 2010 of multiple counts of burglary and theft; and 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., who was convicted in the Kansas counties of Shawnee and Douglas in 2010 of several burglary counts and one count of theft.

The North Platte R-1 School District was asked to keep students inside at an Edgerton intermediate school that serves fourth- to -sixth-graders, Superintendent Jeff Sumy said. But he said most of the students and staff weren't at the school Friday because they are participating in field day in nearby Dearborn.