A Hannibal man was arrested after reports of a man with a handgun being near Hannibal Middle School.
Hannibal police arrested Richard King, 22, of Hannibal on Tuesday afternoon after leading police on a foot chase through the Catholic Cemetery and Park United Methodist Church. King was found later hiding in a room in the Hannibal YMCA, where he was taken into custody by police.
Police responded to the Hannibal Middle School around 1:08 p.m. to a report of a man to a report of a man walking toward the middle school wearing a dark coat and jeans with what was believed to be a handgun.
When police arrived, they say he became verbally confrontational and ran.
Superintendent Jill Janes says Hannibal High School and Hannibal Middle School was placed on lock down around 1:15 after receiving notification that a suspicious person was in the area. She says classroom doors were locked, and no one was allowed in the building. She says things went as planned.
"The police do a great job of informing us, and telling us when there's an issue. So we always take our lead from them. So I think we were informed in a timely manner and our schools acted immediately, and we have the procedures in place. So it worked out pretty well," she said.
Students and teachers agreed, but say there were some tense moments.
"It's a lot of concern -especially with everything that's been going on - especially when you've got your kid here, and you're just hoping that they made the right decisions - and it seemed like they did," said parent Chuntee Douglas.
"Now that it's over I'm a little less scared - but when it was happening, all I could think of is I hope nothing bad didn't happen to anybody, because that's the last thing we need in Hannibal," said senior Shelby Martin.
Elementary schools were also notified of the situation, Janes said. The lock down was lifted around 2:10 p.m.
King was found to have an outstanding warrant for parole violation and was placed on a 24-hour hold for other charges related to the incident.
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