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Updated: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | Posted: 4:03 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Police find man who prompted school lockdown

Monticello Elementary

Students at Monticello Elementary in Huber Heights had to remain inside their locked building Tuesday afternoon, March 18, 2014, after police were dispatched to check a report of a possibly suicidal man with a gun. No gunman was found and the children were released.

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Lockdown at Monticello school, Huber Heights, March 18, 2014 photo
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Students at Monticello Elementary in Huber Heights had to remain inside their locked building Tuesday afternoon, March 18, 2014, after police were dispatched to check a report of a possibly suicidal man with a gun. No gunman was found and the children were released.

Lockdown at Monticello school, Huber Heights, March 18, 2014 photo
Jim Noelker/Staff

Parents and guardians crowd the front entrance to Monticello Elementary on Tuesday afternoon, March 18, 2014, after a lockdown instituted by the school because of a suspected man with a gun was ended.

By Frazier Smith and Richard Wilson

Breaking News Team

HUBER HEIGHTS —

Police said they've found the man who caused the lockdown of Monticello Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon because he wanted to see his children, who attend the school, before taking his life.

Tuesday evening, Huber Heights Lt. Mark Lightner said the male has been located and taken into custody in Warren County. His name and age have not been released.

Earlier, in the aftermath of the incident, Lightner told News Center 7, "I talked to the man on the phone and he assured me he was not in the school, was nowhere near the school ... and wasn't even in this area. He's not even in the county."

The lockdown was called because of a report of a possibly suicidal man with a gun who was in the school building, 6523 Alter Road.

Lightner said police have been able to determine the man told his wife he was going to hurt himself, had bought a gun and had come to the school to say goodbye to his children and end his life. Someone at the school told police that they saw the man go into the building.

Lightner said at that point, police from Riverside and Butler Twp. joined Huber Heights police at the school. Officers checked the building twice, he said, clearing every room.

Once the building was cleared, children were allowed to leave the building one classroom at a time, the lieutenant said.

Police received the call about the man being in the building at about 3:30 p.m. and the lockdown was called soon after that, Lightner said. The lockdown ended just after 4 p.m., once the building was cleared. Waiting parents and guardians pressed against the front entrance to the school to gather up their children and young ones. Several parents and guardians said they were upset because they said they weren't being told what the lockdown was about.

Lightner said he informed several parents and guardians about what was happening and why they saw police cruisers all over the campus at a time when children were usually released from school for the day. Lightner said he understood their angst and noted that unfortunately, these kinds of situations occur too frequently nowadays. He assured parents and guardians that everyone inside the building was safe during the lockdown.

Staff, teachers and students all knew what to do, he said. "Everything went flawless inside," he said.

Of course no arrest was made, but police are trying to find the man, Lightner told News Center 7 immediately following the incident.

"We're going to be trying to locate where he is. We're concerned about him, too," Lightner said. "We want to make sure he doesn't end his life or come back to the school to harm someone."

-- News Center 7 Reporter Natalie Jovonovich contributed to this report.

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