Enid manhunt puts school on lockdown
ENID, Okla. – Enid police got a call around 7:30 a.m. Monday from Patriot Solutions, a business in rural, east Enid, saying an intruder had entered their back lot and waved a gun at several employees.
“A suspicious person had entered their compound and when they confronted them, that he had pulled a weapon on them,” Enid Police Lt. Eric Holtzclaw said.
The suspect ran southbound into a field and police arrived and set up a perimeter.
Their SWAT team began the search as they called in assistance from Oklahoma Highway Patrol for their helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.
They even stopped trains going through the area.
“We were able to get them going once we had the air units to be able to monitor to make sure nobody jumped on a train to escape,” Lt. Holtzclaw said.
Nearby Pleasant Vale Elementary school went on lockdown.
“We locked the outside doors,” principal Larry Coonrod said. “Anybody that would come into the building would be cleared by me or the secretary.”
Coonrod said after the Newtown shooting, they installed new locks on classroom doors that can be locked from the inside.
“You want to make sure there are plans in place for as many things as you can,” Coonrod said.
Police searched the area for several hours before calling off the manhunt mid-afternoon.
“Because it’s a rural area and they have a lot of metals there, such as copper and things like that, we’re not sure if this individual was targeting that,” Lt. Holtzclaw said.
Police said there have been problems with theft in the rural areas.
Even though it’s not officially a manhunt any more, officers are keeping a close eye on the area for the suspect.