Patrick T. Smith

LAWSON, MO – Schools in the Lawson area were placed on lock-down Wednesday afternoon, in response to a manhunt being undertaken by law enforcement for a suspect at-large.

Initial reports indicated, a police cruiser was allegedly stolen just after 1 p.m., and later ditched several blocks away.  Police believe the suspect, Patrick T. Smith, 33, may have been hiding in the area, possibly armed.