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Small town on edge after high-speed chase involving escaped inmates


Neighbors in Edgerton, MO, are still on edge after the high-speed chase tore through their small town.

The intersection at Frank Street/Highway Z and Aller Avenue was the scene of most of the commotion.

Three inmates escaped Friday morning from Lansing Correctional Facility. Two of them stole a vehicle and fled from authorities.

Witnesses said the escaped inmates led police on the chase going at top speed, circling the block at least six times before one of the men got out of the vehicle.

A woman said that man was waving a gun around, even pointing it at police and spectators before jumping back in the vehicle and taking off.

"Every turn they took - I mean they didn't care. They didn't care who was in the way, what was in the way. They were driving crazy," eyewitness Marsha Ham said.

Ham also said she kept her door and windows locked because there is a third man who is still on the run. There were reports that one of them tried to take the Edgerton mayor and the city clerk captive. The mayor and he had no comment.

The two inmates broke into a home on Route Z in Clinton County through the sliding glass door. Dozens of officers surrounded the residence, and snipers were set up. After several hours of negotiations, the inmates were convinced to leave the home. Allen M. Hurst, 31, and Scott A. Gilbert, 49, were taken into custody.

The third inmate, Randy A. Ridens Sr., 57, is believed to be at large in Leavenworth County, KS.

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