Man Who Prompted SWAT Situation, Worthington Schools Lockdowns Surrenders


UPDATED: Thursday March 14, 2013 5:27 PM

Five Worthington City Schools were placed on lockdown on Thursday afternoon because of a man threatening suicide in the area.

According to Worthington Schools officials, Granby Elementary, McCord Middle School, Worthington Kilbourne High School, Liberty Elementary and Sutter Park Pre-K were placed on Level 1 lockdowns shortly after noon.  Students were not allowed to leave the buildings.

Granby Elementary School officials said that all students were dismissed as normal except children who ride bus #39.

The high school and middle schools were let out as normal.

The northwest branch of the Worthington Library was closed because of the situation.

Police said they responded to a report of a man barricaded in his house threatening to shoot himself. The incident was reported along Foxboro Court near Hard Road shortly before noon.

Neighbors were forced to stay in their homes during the standoff.

"The gentleman's kind of quiet," said neighbor Kevin Barnes. "He doesn't speak much, but I'll say 'hi' or something, and he'll throw his hand up. You don't hear much."

The man came outside and ended the SWAT situation at about 2:45 p.m. The man was taken into custody after the three-hour standoff.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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