Armed Man Reported Near Fairfield Elementary School

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Multiple Fairfield area schools were put into lockdown following a sighting of an armed suspect near Pence Elementary Friday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, on May 27, 2022, at approximately 12:40 P.M., a call came into the Jefferson County Dispatch Center in Fairfield, reporting that an armed male was on the grounds of the Pence elementary school in Fairfield. A lockdown order was issued for all Fairfield schools, as well as MSAE school. Officers from the Fairfield Police Department responded to Pence elementary school in less than 3 minutes and secured Pence elementary. Additional responding agencies rapidly secured every school facility in Fairfield.

A search was made for a man matching the description with the assistance of a K-9 officer from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. No suspect matching the descriptions has been found. The school lockdowns were lifted at approximately 1:45 PM, permitting the release of students. Following the clearing of the emergency response, law enforcement efforts shifted to a criminal investigation of possible
brandishing of a firearm on school grounds. The investigation is currenttly ongoing.

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