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September 19, 2014

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Search for reported gunman near school turns up man with phone

Parson Elementary School

A hunt for a reported gunman near Parson Elementary School ended this afternoon after police determined the man they were looking for was carrying a telephone.

Officer Bill Cassell, a Metro Police spokesman, said someone called 911 call at 2:09 p.m. and reported a man carrying a handgun near Alexander Road and Thom Boulevard, just south of the elementary school.

Officers flooded the area to search for the man.

The school, meanwhile, was locked down from about 2:15 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. at the direction of police, Clark County School District spokeswoman Melinda Malone said.

“Officers out there were very conscious about the locations of schools,” Cassell said. “We had a lot of cops between this individual and the school, just in case something bad happened.”

Police caught up to a person matching the man’s description about 15 minutes later, but it turned out he was just carrying a phone, Cassell said.

Several officers remained at the scene to make sure he didn’t actually have a gun that he might have ditched, Cassell said.

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