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Monkey shot and killed by authorities

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Friday night there was peace and calm in Chillicothe after an escaped monkey eluded police for hours and had neighbors scrambling for cover.

The monkey was shot and killed by authorities in the city located in Livingston County, about 97 miles northeast of Kansas City.

Police said they ran out of tranquilizer darts and had no choice but to use deadly force because they believed it would have been a threat to others.

Chopper 5 was rolling when the creature was spotted running on the property of M&L Trucking and Repair about 4 p.m. The monkey was running full speed and then stopped and collapsed. Later someone placed a blanket over it.

The white-headed capuchin monkey escaped from Johnston Rental Center about 8:30 a.m. The creature got out of its cage and escaped through a vent. Police say the owner, Bill Johnston, is a licensed breeder by the United States Department of Agriculture and has about 30 of them, but the one that escaped Friday couldn't be contained.

It had been sighted all around the city of 10,000 people, but mostly in the southern or southeast part of the city.

"We seen a bunch of cops, happened to look over and seen this monkey running through the yard and it took off running and the cops took off after it," William Johnson said.

"I think it was more scared than anything with everybody chasing it, but it was a fast little monkey," Nicole Irving said.

Fast, free and elusive. These neighbors said the primate spent part of the day hiding in a garage on Herriford and Violet streets, directly across from the Garrison Elementary School which had to go on lockdown.

"We had preschoolers here at the building. We kept them safe. We did stay inside on this nice day, but everybody was kept safe," said teacher Kari Keller.

Just before 4 p.m. there was another sighting at a metal shop, just a few blocks away, near International Road and McCormick Street. Attempts to sedate the money failed after the owner ran out of darts. That's when police said they were forced to shoot it.

"There was a fear that if we did not get the monkey caught, it could be a danger to someone," said Police Chief Richard Knouse.

It was a fate neighbors were hoping would be avoided.

"It was kind of cute," Johnson said.

Police say the owner of the monkey is Bill Johnston. Police say Johnston is not under arrest and they'll meet with the prosecutor before they decide to pursue any charges.

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