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Hays man arrested near TMP had loaded gun

8/15/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The 53-year-old Hays man apprehended Thursday morning in a Thomas More Prep-Marian parking lot allegedly possessed a loaded 9-millimeter handgun.

Following a police chase from the 100 block of West Fifth, the man was taken into custody at gunpoint, said Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler. The firearm was found inside the man's vehicle.

The pursuit began after police received a report about an allegedly suicidal man threatening his landlord. TMP was notified to lock down the school when the chase reached TMP's property.

The man was arrested for making a criminal threat and criminal use of a weapon. His motive for driving to the school is unknown.

Scheibler praised TMP's quick response.

"They were prepared when this incident happened," he said. "TMP High School and the staff and the students did a nice job of dealing with the stressful situation."

Jeff Brull, TMP's advancement director, said the school was on lockdown for approximately 10 minutes. TMP's crisis plan for a campus intruder was implemented as doors electronically were locked, the situation was announced and students were locked in classrooms.

Prior to the incident, faculty reviewed protocol for the same scenario recently at an inservice session.

"I think it's just important to know that we have a crisis team that meets regularly so that we can be prepared for situations like this," Brull said. "While we certainly hope nothing ever happens, it's just a reality of the world that we live in that being prepared is way better than not."