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HCSO says Monday's multiple school lockdowns were a precaution

Jeff Bobo • Aug 29, 2018 at 12:45 PM

CHURCH HILL — When Hawkins County law enforcement officials received word that the suspect in Monday morning’s officer involved shooting had fled west into their jurisdiction, all Hawkins County schools east of Surgoinsville were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Around 11 a.m. Monday, school officials received information that several law enforcement agencies were in pursuit of a suspect in a stolen white Range Rover in the vicinity of Volunteer High School.

The school immediately went into lockdown protocol as the administration, faculty, staff and students responded quickly and appropriately.

The lockdown was lifted once the school received information that the suspect had been taken into custody and it was determined it was safe to do so.

After the schools were placed in lockdown, parents of students at Volunteer and all of its feeder schools were sent a message from the school system advising of the lockdowns and another when the lockdowns were lifted.

If parents at these schools did not receive a message, they may contact their child’s school to confirm and/or update their contact information.

“The Hawkins County School System has established procedures and protocols for responding to issues like what occurred Monday morning,” said Sheriff Ronnie Lawson. “Our schools have safety plans and routinely drill and practice the safety procedures for a variety of situations. We want to thank all law enforcement agencies involved in (Monday) morning’s events for their work every day in helping us provide the safest schools we can. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured Kingsport police officer.”

Around 11:30 a.m., the suspect and his female companion were apprehended on Armstrong Drive just north of Volunteer’s campus. He was subsequently charged by the TBI with attempted murder and other charges.  

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