Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Authorities search for armed suspect; school locked down as precaution


Posted at 2:16 p.m.

COBB – The report of an armed suspect in the Cobb area touched of a Wednesday afternoon search and resulted in a school lockdown as officials sought to keep area children safe.

At 12:55 p.m. the Lake County Sheriff's Office received a report from a person who stated that an armed man had entered a neighbor's home on Meadow Drive and that the neighbor had asked them to call authorities, according to Capt. James Bauman.

Bauman said he didn't yet have much information on the suspect or the circumstances surrounding the incident, adding that numerous sheriff's units and a canine team were involved in the search for the suspect.

“It's very much unfolding still,” Bauman said shortly before 2 p.m.

Cobb Mountain Elementary School was placed on lockdown, said Dr. Korby Olson, Middletown Unified School District's superintendent, who spoke with Lake County News at around 1:40 p.m.

“The suspect was spotted on the campus,” said Olson.

At around 1:11 p.m. – just as the school's children were about to be loaded on buses to head home for the day, the suspect was spotted heading up the trails behind the school, Bauman said.

The school is located less than a mile from Meadow Drive, based on an Internet map search.

Bauman said the sheriff's office was able to catch school officials in time to notify them, and the lockdown resulted.

Olson said the district was planning to send out a phone message to parents, who can pick up their children directly.

“Right now we're just being safe,” Olson said.

At around 2 p.m. parents reportedly received calls notifying them that their children were being placed on buses home.

Lake County News will continue to follow the story and provide updates as they become available.

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