KILLEEN (August 28, 2014)—Interim Killeen School Superintendent John Craft issued a statement Thursday afternoon in which he praised the efforts of Saegert Elementary School’s staff as well as others within and outside of the district.
“Through this cooperation we were able to quickly initiate our emergency response plan and maintain a safe environment within the school while implementing the external lockdown,” he said.
“KISD greatly appreciates the quick response of the Saegert Elementary School staff and all others who worked to keep our students and staff safe, and we express tremendous appreciation to all of the parents and guardians for their support and understanding throughout the lockdown,” he said.
KILLEEN (August 28, 2014) A standoff in a Killeen neighborhood between police and an armed man who reportedly was suicidal that led to a lockdown at a nearby school ended late Thursday morning.
The39-year-old man surrendered without incident, police said.
He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and it's possible he won't face charges, police said.
Nearby Saegert Elementary School was locked down earlier Thursday morning as police dealt with the man, who was locked inside his car and threatening to shoot himself.
A spokeswoman for the school district said students and faculty were sequestered inside the building as a precaution until the situation was neutralized.
The lockdown was lifted after the standoff ended.
Parents were advised of the lockdown earlier and were notified when the it ended, the district said.
In an unrelated incident Thursday morning, an ambulance was sent to the school for a student who fell, the district said.
“I would like to emphasize that, at no time, were any students or staff in any danger. We will release students, to include walkers, at their normal time,” spokeswoman Ramona Ballard said.
Police were in the area of W.S. Young Drive and Mikulec Drive where a man, said to be suffering from PTSD, had locked himself inside a black car that was sitting in a driveway and was both threatening suicide and refusing to come out.
Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith confirmed the man had a handgun.
She said officers first were sent to the address at about 7:55 a.m. after a caller reported the man was in distress.
A neighbor, who declined to be named, said the man is a military veteran, and Smith confirmed that.
Another witness said he could see officers positioned on a rooftop near the scene.
Police blocked off a two-block perimeter around the scene.