Hit and run prompts lockdown at Topeka High

From Eric Ives' Facebook live -- Police at SW Munson & SW Western investigate after four were taken into custody.
Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 9:14 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Four individuals fleeing from a hit and run incident prompted Topeka High School to go into secure campus Thursday morning.

13 NEWS learned the incident that prompted the lockdown was a hit and run that happened around 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of SW Western Ave. and SW Munson Ave. Police received reports of four people running from the scene north towards Topeka High School.

Officials say all four were captured a few blocks away near 9th and Fillmore.

TPD says a gun was also recovered on one of the people who ran from the wreck.

In an email sent to Topeka Public School staff, Dr. Aarion L. Gray said Topeka High was placed on secure campus “out of an abundance of caution.” Gray indicated the move was due to a “police matter occurring in the community.”

Gray said the secure campus was lifted just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

Topeka Police Dept. spokesman Manuel Munoz said the incident appears to be isolated and not believed to be related to the school.

On Thursday afternoon, TPD spokesman Munoz said as a result of the investigation, officers transported one juvenile male to Shawnee County Juvenile Department of Corrections on the following charges:

  • Criminal Use of a Weapon By a Minor
  • Criminal Use of a Weapon/Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds
  • Child In Need of Care

TPD said the other three juveniles were released to their legal guardians.

No identities have been released.