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Day-long search for suspect in Olathe officer-involved shooting ends with arrest

OLATHE, Kan. -- Olathe police arrested two men on Monday, one of them after an extended search that interrupted the day for many businesses and schools.

It all started just before 10:30 a.m. near 119th and Ridgeview when officers stopped a vehicle connected to several aggravated robberies that happened overnight.

When the vehicle stopped, two suspects fled on foot. Police caught one of the suspects fairly quickly. But police said the second suspect shot at an officer as he was fleeing. The officer fired back. No one was hurt in the shooting, but an intense manhunt followed.

Olathe police searched for the second suspect throughout the day. The suspect didn't make it far -- FOX4 discovered he was caught just before 4 p.m., just a couple blocks up from a wooded area in the Santa Barbara mobile home community.

Neighbors were relieved after a long, nerve-racking day with an intense search for a man police called "armed and extremely dangerous."

"Everywhere I tried to go, I couldn`t get home," neighbor Sally Miller said.

Streets were blocked for hours with a huge police presence and SWAT teams in the area -- a scene many weren't used to.

"Oh man, yeah, I was shocked and was like, `Oh my God. I didn't lock my door.' And now I`m going to be scared to go back in my house," Miller said.

Early Monday morning, Olathe police released surveillance images after several gas stations were robbed at gunpoint Sunday night into early Monday.

Olathe Police released these photos of the men they said robbed several convenience stores Sunday, Oct. 7 into Monday, Oct. 8.

Olathe Police released these photos of the men they said robbed several convenience stores Sunday, Oct. 7 into Monday, Oct. 8.

Although police haven't confirmed the suspect is the same man wanted in connection to the robberies, they were looking for a Hispanic man wearing all black -- with a red striped jacket, just like the one the robbery suspect is seen wearing in the released photos.

"It makes me concerned for everybody else that does live in the area that may cross their path. Scary," Edson Maldonado said.

Several area schools and some businesses were put on lockdown as police searched for the man.

"I`m really concerned because I have family 'round here, friends, and especially my son. I`m really concerned about my son, he`s in school right now," Gabin Rodriguez said.

FOX4 will provide more details about the suspects as they're taken to jail and formally charged.

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