Joshua students restricted as manhunt continues

Joshua schools put on “soft” lockdown as authorities continued to search for Kristun Madewell Thursday.
Joshua schools put on “soft” lockdown as authorities continued to search for Kristun Madewell Thursday. Fort Worth Police Department

Joshua schools were placed on a “soft” lockdown Thursday as authorities continued to search for a suspect in a Fort Worth homicide.

Kristun Sean Madewell, 40, is accused of killing a man in far south Fort Worth on Friday. On Wednesday, he eluded officers trying to serve an arrest warrant, leading to a manhunt in Johnson and Tarrant counties.

At the Joshua district’s nine campuses, students were required to stay in buildings all day and could not leave except at dismissal.

“Please understand that this is strictly for precautionary measures for the safety of our entire school district,” Superintendent Fran Marek said on the district’s website.

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said the precaution was taken at the schools because Madewell has relatives in the district. Officers made extra patrols around the schools.

Alford said his deputies were helping Fort Worth police.

“We have been running some surveillance in our county where we know he may frequent, and we’re continuing to do that until he is caught,” Alford said.

Madewell is accused in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Christopher Ortega in the 1500 block of Willow Park Drive in Fort Worth last Friday.

Wednesday night, about 100 officers combed the streets of Crowley searching for him, police reported.

Madewell was not caught, but police arrested his girlfriend, Milisha Moore, 31. They both face murder charges, police said.

By Thursday evening, the search continued. “The large scale search has been scaled down. However there are additional patrol units dedicated to the area to augment security, watch for and respond, if necessary, to any unusual calls/tips and investigative leads,” Cpl. Tracy Knight, a Fort Worth police spokeswoman, said in an email.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770

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