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School dismissals in Olathe are temporarily postponed as police investigate a suspected murder-suicide

Olathe police are investigating a suspected murder-suicide that occurred Friday afternoon in the 1700 block of South Kiowa Drive, and have briefly postponed school dismissals in the area.

Officers were called to a home around 2:40 p.m. on Friday for an “armed disturbance.”

When they arrived, they found a man and a woman dead from visible gunshot wounds, said Sgt. John Moncayo, a spokesman for the Olathe Police Department, said in a news release. The two were family members and there were no outstanding suspects, Moncayo said.

The site is a short distance from two Olathe schools, and police activity briefly delayed the dismissals Friday afternoon, a school spokeswoman said.

Both Olathe South High School and Indian Trail Middle School were notified by principals that the schools had been placed in a restricted instructional status around 3 p.m. That means no students or staff were allowed out and no visitors were allowed in because of the police case in a nearby neighborhood, Erin Schulte, a spokeswoman for Olathe Public Schools, said in an email to The Star.

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The dismissals were briefly postponed before police cleared schools to resume dismissals around 3:30 p.m

Police continue to investigate the incident and anyone with information about it can contact the department at 913-971-6363 or by calling the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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