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Blotter: McNair Elementary placed on lockdown after reports of armed suspect near campus

McNair Elementary School was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon while Denton police officers searched surrounding neighborhoods for a man who was reportedly armed.

A fifth-grade student reported seeing a man with a gun near the school in the 1100 block of Hickory Creek Road about 2:30 p.m., according to a Denton Police Department press release. The suspect was described by police as a white man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Denton ISD was notified of the lockdown approximately 2:45 p.m., according to DISD spokesman Mario Zavala. 

While at the school, Cose said Denton police received "vague" information that a potential person of interest lived near Guyer High School. The high school was then placed on lockdown for about 10 minutes until investigators determined the person of interest was not involved, Cose said. 

Denton ISD elementary schools typically let out at 3 p.m., but students and staff stayed in the building for about an hour while police searched the area. According to a press release, officers didn't find any suspects.

Police began escorting students out of the building about 3:40 p.m. Bus riders were released first, followed by car riders, walkers and bike riders. By 4:30 p.m., all students were allowed to leave the school. Officers remained in the area to monitor the situation.

Other reports

1600 block of East McKinney Street — A woman did not want to file charges against her boyfriend Tuesday after police learned that he allegedly assaulted her.

Police said the 43-year-old woman suffered minor injuries, which were not specified in the report. Officers responded to the domestic disturbance at The Parks of Denton apartments about 4:20 a.m., but they couldn't find the suspect, the report said.

No arrests were made.

700 block of Fort Worth Drive — A 22-year-old man was arrested on an assault charge after hitting his roommate early Tuesday morning at The Arch at Denton apartments, according to a police report.

A third roommate called police when a verbal argument became physical, the report said. Denton police responded to the report about 3 a.m. and arrested the man on a charge of assault causing bodily injury.

6200 block of Roaring Creek — A 37-year-old man was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday after he displayed a shotgun near a house, according to a police report.

The report did not specify whether he fired the shotgun or used it to injure someone. There were four victims listed in the report — a 43-year-old woman, a 47-year-old man, a 12-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man.

The man was taken to Denton City Jail.


From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 915 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 51 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 163 calls for service and made 13 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 22 medical calls, three vehicle accidents and three calls for public service.