Suspect Apprehended, School Lockdown Lifted

(Courtesy of My ABC 5/WOI-TV) – DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines middle school has lifted its lockdown following reports of a man who entered the building and told staffers he had a gun.

Students at Merrill Middle School were released Tuesday after being placed on lockdown for less than an hour.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax says a man identified as 35-year-old Ryan Collier had a fight with a woman in the building and made threats of having a gun. He then allegedly ran from the school. Officers continue to search for Collier in the area.

No one at the school saw the gun and no one was injured.

The incident happened just before classes normally dismiss for the day. It placed several nearby schools on lockdown.