Man Jailed in Connection with School Lockdown-UPDATE [Audio]
(Hannibal)—Police Chief Lyndell Davis was commended by the City Council for his officers' prompt response to a suspicious person call Tuesday afternoon that resulted in the lockdown of Hannibal Middle and High Schools.
Chief Davis says the investigation is ongoing after police respond to a report Tuesday afternoon of a white male possibly with a gun near the Middle school.
Davis says officers were on scene within 2 minutes, and prior to their arrival, based on police radio traffic, School Resource Officer Corporal Borgmeyer advised school officials to initiate lockdown procedures. When the officer arrived, the suspect ran into the cemetery behind the middle school, but was soon taken into custody without incident at the nearby YMCA. Police have now identified the man arrested as 22 year old Richard King of Hannibal.
As of Tuesday evening, a weapon has not been recovered. King is jailed on a prior warrant as well as numerous charges from Tuesday's incident.
Davis says the good news is there are no injuries and police and school officials worked well together to implement appropriate safety measures, something that had received much discussion locally in the wake of school violence nationally.
Chief Lyndell Davis :
Hannibal School Superintendent Dr. Jill Janes says the lockdown began just after 1 p.m., but about an hour later the “all clear” was given.
Dr. Jill Janes