UPDATE: Foley police identify the suspect they say is responsible for the lockdown at Foley Middle School this morning as 29-year-old Christopher Mixer, a homeless man from Ohio. Police say he admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine. He faces charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Superintendent Eddie Tyler says security measures are being reviewed in light of how easily Mixer was able to get inside the school.
Shortly after school started this morning Foley Middle School was on lockdown.
“We had a subject call the police department saying he was being chased by a subject with a rifle and a pistol,” says Captain David White.
The name of the suspect has not been released.
“He had walked into the front door, went into the bathroom that is close to the front doors and was going upstairs into another hallway when the SRO contacted him,” according to White.
The school resource officer arrested him at gunpoint. “After we had talked with him for a while he had changed his story,” says White. “It appears that he had an altered mental state.”
Concerned parents, like Courtney Mothershed, gathered just off campus. “Scared, shaking. I’m still shaking. I’m panicked to come up here to check on my daughters the school wouldn’t let me know anything.”
After a search, the school was cleared. “We were able to search the areas he was in there were no dangers there. He had placed no devices or guns or drugs in any other area of the school.”
By 10 o’clock, the lockdown was lifted. After being taken into custody the suspect was taken to a local hospital.