Arlington

Possibly armed suspect prompts lockdown of two Kennedale schools

Traffic is slowed on Bowman Springs Road in Kennedale on Wednesday as police search for a possibly armed suspect.
Traffic is slowed on Bowman Springs Road in Kennedale on Wednesday as police search for a possibly armed suspect. Special to the Star-Telegram

Fellowship Academy and Kennedale Junior High School were put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon as police searched for a possibly armed suspect in the area, authorities said.

The suspect was being pursued on foot by Arlington police before ending up in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, near both schools, Kennedale police Chief Tommy Williams said.

The lockdowns went into effect about 3 p.m. By 6 p.m., the suspect had not been arrested, but the area was safe enough to allow students to receive rides home from their parents and school buses, Williams said.

The pursuit began when Arlington police tried to pull over a possible stolen vehicle, Arlington police spokesman Chris Cook said. A chase ensued before the four suspects fled the vehicle on foot near Bowman Springs Road.

Three of the suspects were arrested but one remained at large.

Police were unsure if the suspect had a weapon, but officers saw an empty gun magazine in the suspects’ vehicle, prompting the lockdown of the two nearby schools, Cook said.

A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was heading to the area to assist in the search for the suspect.

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