School put on lockdown Tuesday after man with gun spotted nearby

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Some teachers, students and support personnel at J.A. Phillips School were on lockdown for a short period of time Tuesday after a man carrying a firearm was spotted in the neighborhood of Phillips and J.L. Jones Elementary School.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his officers and sheriff’s deputies were called to the school between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. when a black male carrying a rifle was spotted by a bus driver.

“There is open school property near Phillips, and the witness said the man was running across there and got into a purple car,” Cropper said. “They (law enforcement) looked but never found a purple car or the guy with the gun.”

According to a “robo call” to parents and school system employees, “remaining students who had not left the campus as well as any remaining staff members were taken back inside the building.”

“After receiving an all clear from law-enforcement all remaining staff and students were allowed to return home their normal way,” the call continued.

Kindergarteners and first graders attend J.A. Phillips School which is located at 811 Durwood Drive in Minden.

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