Update: All three suspects in custody after incident near MAHS Tuesday


Walton County Sheriff’s Office announced that all three suspects from the incident that had Monroe Area High School on lockdown on Tuesday morning have been arrested and are in custody.

Three suspects involved in a robbery in Barrow County have been taken into custody following a traffic stop that originated on Highway 78 and the Highway 138/Charlotte Rowell Blvd exit.
Two suspects were arrested on site and a third was located after he ran on foot. A perimeter was quickly set up by Walton County SO and Monroe Police Department. K-9 Eika was able to successfully track the suspect who was then taken into custody.
The male who ran was charged with Possession of Schedule I, Possession of Schedule II X 2, Obstruction, and Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun.
Monroe Area High School was locked down for a brief time while the foot chase was occurring. This was simply being absolutely certain that our school remains safe. There was never any danger to students.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office

Initial Story

Monroe Area High School was briefly placed on lockdown on Tuesday morning while Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted an intense search for a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

“WCSO stopped a vehicle matching description of an incident that occurred in Barrow County. All three occupants in the vehicle had warrants for their arrest. One suspect armed with a sawed-off shotgun fled on foot. WCSO K-9 team tracked the suspect into a wooded area near the school and arrested him,” WCSO Capt. Scott Whisnant said.

Parents at the school received notification from the principal, Bryan Hicks, on the Level 3 lockdown that only lasted for about five minutes.

“After notification from law enforcement that the threat had been resolved the lockdown was lifted. The event causing the lockdown took place on Charlotte Rowell Blvd and did not involve anyone associated with MAHS. At this time all students, faculty, and staff are safe and have resumed their normal daily activities,” Hicks wrote to parents, going on to thank the School Resource Officer, Officer Harris, the Monroe Police Department, and the WCSO for all they do to ensure the safety of the school.

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