Winston-Salem school lockdown lifted; scene is clear

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A lockdown at Old Town Elementary School has been lifted following a family dispute at a home near the school, police said.

Officers responded to a reported “barricaded subject with a gun” at 4700 Shattalon Drive. The caller said the suspect was at the home armed with a gun and possibly holding another family member hostage.

Units arrived and established a perimeter around the home. While officers investigated, the school was placed on lockdown.

After a short period of time, officers were able to establish contact with the persons inside the residence and get them to come outside without incident.

The lockdown was lifted around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Following an investigation, police determined the incident stemmed from a dispute between brothers. Police searched the home and did not find any weapons.

As the investigation progressed, the mental stability of the suspect was determined to be questionable.  Officers assisted family members in responding to the magistrates office where an involuntary commitment order was issued for the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody for commitment purposes and transported to a local medical facility for evaluation.  The suspect remains at the facility at this time.

No one was injured during the incident.  No criminal charges will be sought against the suspect in connection with this incident due to his mental state at the time of the incident.

Police said no additional information will be released due to this being a non-criminal matter.

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