Standoff that led to lockdowns at local school, daycares, ends

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) An hours-long standoff that started just after 9 a.m. in Temple following a report of an armed man at a homeless ministry that led to a chase, an exchange of gunfire in which a church school teacher was injured and lockdowns at the nearby school and two daycares ended just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

(Photo by Sam DeLeon)

After six hours of attempts to negotiate with the man, who was barricaded inside a home in the 800 block of South 7th Street, SWAT officers fired what police spokeswoman Shawna Neely described as chemical agents into the residence.

Randle Jackson, 39, surrendered and was taken into custody after additional negotiations, Neely said.

He was taken to Scott & White Medical Center for observation.

The man fled as officers responded Thursday morning to Feed my Sheep, a ministry that provides meals for the homeless in the 100 block of West Avenue G.

The initial report police received indicated the man was armed with a knife, but shots were exchanged as officers pursued the suspect.

A woman was struck in the leg, but it’s not clear whether the shot that hit her was fired by the suspect or by officers, Neely said.

She was taken to Scott & White Medical Center.

Texas Rangers will investigate the shooting, Neely said.

Police didn’t identify the victim, but the woman is a teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, the bishop of Austin, said in a statement Thursday evening.

“Today St. Mary’s Catholic School in Temple experienced a random act of violence. I was surprised and shocked to hear that one of our Catholic school faculty members was the inadvertent victim of a shot fired by a suspect police were pursuing.”

“This teacher was an innocent bystander to this incident. I offer my prayers for the community of St. Mary’s Catholic School and all those affected. I thank the teachers and faculty who took quick action to keep all the children safe.”

The home in which the man holed up was near St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School at Avenue H. and 7th Street.

Ebony and Ivory Childcare, Grace Learning Center and St Mary's school were all placed on hard lockdown because of the standoff.