By Chad Frey
Newton Kansan
A reported man with a gun near a middle school led to two Newton schools being on lockdown and a manhunt.
“The school district received a call from a parent reporting a man with a rifle near the school,” said Lt. Eric Murphy with the Newton Police Department.
That was followed by a call to 911 dispatch.
“We had a report come into dispatch at about 3 p.m. that indicated someone had seen an unknown male in camouflage with a rifle or long gun running towards Chisholm Middle School,” said Jim Daily, chief of the Newton Police Department.
Chisholm Middle School, 900 E. First, shares a campus with Slate Creek Elementary School. Both schools were placed on lockdown as Police responded.
Police searched the grounds and did not find anyone with a weapon.
“After we were unable to find a threat, the schools were given the all clear,” Murphy said.
While police were searching school grounds, a call came into the 911 dispatch center reporting a similar individual in the vicinity of First Street and Kansas Ave. Police also searched that area, and did not find anyone matching the description.
“We walked both areas and have found nothing,” Daily said at about 3:30 p.m. “We still have officers looking for the individual.”