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South End schools locked down again

October 13, 2009

Schools in the South Hagerstown High School complex were placed on a modified lockdown on Monday as Hagerstown Police Department officers responded to a house in the 1300 block of Jay Drive to follow up on a firearms incident from Friday, police said.

At about 1 p.m., a city police department detective went to the house and a female answered the door, according to a Hagerstown Police Department press release. The detective noticed a male run upstairs who was believed to have been involved in Friday's incident, the release said.

The Washington County Special Response team was called and negotiators worked for about an hour to make contact with the man, the release said.

The Special Response Team moved to the second floor and found a suspect hiding under some clothes in a hallway, the release said.

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The man was taken into custody without incident.

The Special Response Team continued to check the second floor and found evidence that someone had entered the attic, the release said.

Negotiators attempted to make contact with the person in the attic but the person would not respond, the release said.

After about 45 minutes, the person acknowledged he was there and agreed to surrender, the release said.

The two males and the female were taken to city police headquarters but it was unclear if any arrests had been made Monday night.

Emma K. Doub Elementary school, E. Russell Hicks Middle School and South Hagerstown High School were placed on a modified lockdown Monday but students in the schools were not in any danger, the release said.

The schools were also locked down for about an hour Friday to deal with the situation at Jay Drive, police said. On Friday, officers found a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun in a car parked in front of the house, police said.

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