By Melanie Yingst
March 28, 2014
TROY — A mentally handicapped man with a BB gun caused Concord Elementary School to go on lock down at the end of the school day Friday.
Troy Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Mystic Lane North, Troy, around 3:30 p.m. on a report of a man with a gun.
According to Troy Police Department’s Patrolman Shawn McKinney, the severely handicapped male, in his 20s, was carrying a BB gun outside his home. The report was made by neighbors who saw the man outside the house carrying a weapon.
McKinney said the male was quickly detained until his relatives arrived. Upon their arrival, the handicapped man was turned over to their custody and no charges were filed.
Troy City Schools’ Superintendent Eric Herman confirmed the report of Cookson Elementary School being placed on lock down despite dismissing students five minutes earlier.
According to an email from the Cookson Elementary School Principal Brian Stephey to Herman, he stated he heard someone yell “There’s a shooting!” at 3:35 p.m. Stephey saw police cars at the location of the incident. Stephey stated he ran to the east end of the school and pulled students and staff off the street and put them in the school building. Stephey stated he then released students to parents who were waiting outside and called other parents who had not yet arrived. Stephey also stated he released students with escorts who were walking west away from the scene.
Stephey later called Troy Police Department’s School Resource Officer Freisthler who informed him the man was in custody and no shots were ever fired. Stephey then released all the students after speaking to the Troy Police Department’s School Resource Officer at 4:10 p.m.
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