Stow -- Indian Trail Elementary School on Kent Road in Stow was placed on lockdown late Tuesday morning for what turned out to be a man threatening suicide with a gun.

"The lockdown was precautionary and determined fairly quickly to be unnecessary," Stow Police Lt. Anne Stirm this morning, adding that the school was locked down because police were initially unaware that the man was in his home and not outside.

"At no time were students or staff in any danger nor were there any threats of violence against anyone other than himself," said Stirm.

According to a police report, police were dispatched to the area at 11:18 a.m. after a woman in the man's home called them. The woman told police that during an argument between them, the man picked up a 9 mm pistol and began waving it around, threatening to kill himself. The woman then called 911 and said that while she was on the phone, the man put the gun into his mouth, but when he realized police were coming, he calmed down and put the gun down.

The woman relayed this to a dispatcher, who in turn told police as they were arriving at the scene that the man was no longer holding the gun. Police said the woman opted to stay in the home after they left, saying she felt safe once police removed the handgun, three other guns and ammunition from the home when they left.

The school district reported on its Facebook page at 12:38 p.m. yesterday that the lockdown had ended.

"The safety and security of our students is our number one priority," said the post. "This morning, Indian Trail Elementary School was temporarily on lockdown due to a police incident in the vicinity of the school building. The lockdown was a precautionary measure. All children and staff members are safe."


Phone: 330-541-9431

Facebook: Jeff Saunders Record

Twitter: /JeffSaunders_RP