Police say reported school hostage situation was fabricated

Posted: Updated:
Courtesy KTKA Courtesy KTKA
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -

Authorities say a man who reported a hostage situation at a Kansas elementary school apparently fabricated the story to gain notoriety.

Riley County police said in a Facebook post that the man called police shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday to say he was inside Lee Elementary School in Manhattan with a hostage. Police say the man also called TV news stations stating he had committed several felony crimes and was holding a person in the building at gunpoint.

Police set up a perimeter around the school before officers and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers entered the building around 6:50 a.m. The school is located less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) west of the Kansas State University campus.

Police say it appears that the caller wasn't from the area.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE